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2 Day Seminars

Strategies for Teaching Argumentative Writing for Students with SLD – Summer Institute 2020

This two-day seminar will provide practical strategies for helping students micro-unit the argumentative writing process. Topics covered will include how to break down a long-term writing assignment, select credible sources, craft a thesis statement with a clear claim, choose compelling and relevant evidence from source materials, paraphrase and embed quotes, outline effectively, draft a well-organized and logically sequenced essay, and complete edits prior to submission. Participants will gain insight into the metacognitive skills their students need to effectively self-monitor during the argumentative writing process, so that, ultimately, the step-by-step process is owned by the student instead of the teacher.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Use techniques to micro-unit the research process and support students in finding and reading reliable and relevant sources.
  • Support students to develop arguments with clear claims and relevant evidence.
  • Assist students in the use of templates and other tools throughout the argumentative writing process, with the goal of moving from a formulaic structure to a more sophisticated final product.
  • Discuss the importance of planning strategies for students with LBLD.



Appropriate for educators at the middle and high school level.



Participants may elect to add 1 graduate credit to this course. Graduate credit is an additional $125 and is granted by Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
1 optional graduate credit
Dates/Time Price
July 16-17, 2020
8:30am - 3:00pm
$300 $275

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About the Instructor

Kate Kinsman

Kate has over 10 years of nonprofit development and management experience. Prior to joining Landmark in 2013, she worked for national, education-focused nonprofits. Kate teaches a variety of language arts and study skills courses at Landmark High School. She also serves as a grant writer for Landmark Outreach, as well as the Director of School Partnerships and Consultation. Kate holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond, a master’s of public administration from New York University, and a master’s degree in special education from Simmons University.


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