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(Re)designing Argumentation Writing Units for Grades 5–12

Discover how to establish engaging argumentation units of instruction that empower students to present and convince others of their position.


  • Examine the characteristic elements of an argument and the benefits of teaching students to work through how to structure an argument.
  • Examine an argumentation unit map, its learning goals and guiding questions, and then develop one of your own.
  • Complete exercises throughout the book that will help to create a comprehensive argumentation unit of instruction.
  • Design a full lesson on argumentation, from establishing author’s purpose, to supporting a thesis with evidence, to presenting counter arguments.
  • Download templates, checklists, rubrics, and student activities useful for designing an argumentation unit and guiding lessons.

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(Re)designing Argumentation Writing Units for Grades 5–12

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Chapter 1: Examining the Fundamentals of Argumentation
Chapter 2: Building an Argumentation Unit Map
Chapter 3: Formulating a Pre- and Culminating Assessment and Establishing Criteria for Success
Chapter 4: Writing Engaging Introductions Using Gradual Release of Responsibility
Chapter 5: Designing Lessons
Appendix A: List of Figures and Tables
Appendix B: Professional and Student Resources


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5



  • Glass, K. T. (2017). The Fundamentals of (Re)designing Writing Units. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press
  • Marzano, R. J. (in press). The New Art and Science of Teaching: A Framework for Change. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 5

Appendix B

General Writing

Argumentation Topics

Thesis Statements

Performance Assessment Tasks

Student Writing Models

Oregon Department of Education’s Writing Scored Student Work:


Calibrating to Score Student Work

Peer Review

Published Works

Unit and Lesson Examples

Organizations and Associations

Videos to Teach Argument

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