Keys to Argument Writing

February 6, 2018

(Feb 13 snow date)

NELMS Conference Center
50 High Street, North Andover, MA

This professional development extends the information about opinion/argument writing that is presented in Keys to Content Writing. During professional development, educators learn instructional practices that address the grades 4-5 opinion writing and grades 6-12 argument writing standards of the Common Core. They learn how to teach students how to write sound arguments using text evidence in any subject area.

  • Expectations of the Common Core opinion/argument writing standards
  • Differences between argument and persuasive writing
  • Argument components: claim, counterclaim, reasons, evidence, rebuttal
  • Argument text structure, including introduction, body development, and conclusion
  • Use of linking words and phrases
  • Comprehension and critical thinking required to support an argument
  • Gathering evidence from sources into notes
  • Analyzing models of argument writing
  • Planning an argument writing assignment

These instructional practices have been identified consistently in the research literature as most effective for improving student writing skills.

Who Should Participate: Grades 4-5 elementary teachers, grades 6-12 content classroom teachers, educators who provide support to struggling readers, literacy specialists and coaches, and grades 4-12 administrators.


8:30 AM Registration

9:00 AM Morning Program

12:00 PM Lunch (on your own)

1:00 PM Afternoon Program

3:00 PM End of Conference


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About the Presenter

Shauna Cotte, M.Ed.

Shauna began her career in education as a literacy specialist before spending time as a classroom teacher at both the elementary and middle school levels where she taught U.S. history as well as reading and writing. She received a M.Ed. in Reading Curriculum Development and Instruction from Boston College and a B.S. in Education from Framingham State College. Shauna has collaborated with curriculum coordinators, administrators and special educators to design and implement various research-based curriculum initiatives at both a school-wide and district-wide level. Her recent teaching experiences have given her the opportunity to directly implement the Keys to Literacy programs across grades and content areas. Shauna has been with Keys to Literacy since 2007.