Strategies for Teaching Argument Writing

Upstate Writing Project’s Strategies for Teaching Argument Writing

Argument writing is a crucial skill for the real world, no matter what future lies ahead of a student. Our state Standards support the teaching of argument writing, and students in the elementary grades on up who know how to support their claims with evidence will reap long-term benefits.

The Upstate Writing Project’s Strategies for Teaching Argument Writing course is an asynchronous, self-paced Canvas course for teachers (student teachers), coaches, and administrators, support staff, and professional development providers who support students in grades 4-12.


● Earn an argument writing certificate for 45 professional development hours
● Complete argument-based module lessons at own pace
● Experience high-quality instructional materials and coaching support


● Learn new high-impact instructional practices
● Analyze student work to determine next steps of instruction
● Implement proven effective strategies to improve writing
● Help students select meaningful topics and develop their voice through argument writing


This course will be facilitated by an Upstate Writing Project teacher consultant who has practical experience in teaching argument writing in their own classroom and providing online professional development for teachers. Your coach will provide you with individualized feedback on your coursework, as well as help you plan and integrate lessons into your curriculum.


● Asynchronous self-paced coursework May through September
● Optional synchronous virtual check-ins offered bi-weekly

Course is provided through the Upstate Writing Project at Clemson University 225 S. Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, SC 29607

Contact: Tobi Pirolla, Professional Development Facilitator at

Cost: $150
The course runs from May - September 2022r