Argue Like a Pro
What you'll learn
- Students will understand the parts of an argument essay.
- Students will identify claims and counterclaims in an argument essay.
- Students will participate in all steps of the writing process.
- Students will write a well-organized argument essay with a claim, counterclaim, and evidence.
- Ability to read in English at at least an intermediate level or above.
This course will teach you the basics of writing an argument and give you the opportunity to practice writing 3 essays that you will submit for feedback! This course is for native speakers who are students in grades 6-college and English learners who are in grades 6-adults.
The course begins with an introduction to the writing process and practice with it. Then you will learn the basics of an argument essay, all about claims and counterclaims, and how to write them. You will be given plenty of opportunity to write examples of claims and I will provide feedback along the way.
Then you will be shown how to actually follow the writing process to write an argument essay and again, you will be given plenty of practice with feedback. The main activities, which have the fewest videos, but will take the most time, are writing two complete argument essays in two different formats. The first is a prompt-based essay in which you will choose between two prompts I have given you. The second is a passage-based essay in which I will give you a passage and you will read the passage and formulate an idea based on what you read and the question that I give you. You will follow the writing process for both of these and, again, be provided with feedback along the way before you finally publish your pieces. By the end of the course, you will know how to write both a prompt and passage-based argument essay and have examples for any portfolio you may want them for.
Who this course is for:
- Students who want to write a stronger argument essay.
I am Sammy Bohannon. I am an online reading and writing tutor for students in grades 2-10 and an ESL tutor for students and adults. I am from Kentucky, in the USA, and I currently live here with my husband and our two children. I have a BA in Spanish and a MAT in ESL. I taught in the K-12 classroom setting for 6 years before starting my own online teaching and tutoring business in January 2021. I enjoy reading, spending time outdoors, and being with my family. I look forward to meeting you very soon!