Teaching the Source-Based Argument Essay

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at North Haven High School - register for your ticket here:

Starts at 12:00 PM · Ends at 3:00 PM, EST (America/New_York)

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Students today are surrounded by texts competing for their attention and agreement. A single Google search on a topic will produce thousands of texts in a millisecond, but do students even know what to do with the results? Probably the single most important skill that we can teach students these days is to be able to examine sources critically and then to synthesize them into their own ideas. This session, using classroom-tested templates and high interest materials, will focus on introducing source-based argument writing by modeling the process of reading and analyzing sources, exploring multiple perspectives, and articulating a position that is informed but not overwhelmed by sources.


In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to:

  • Introduce students to the complex process of synthesis in developmentally appropriate ways
  • Help students to critically analyze sources
  • Use templates and sentence stems to guide students toward source-based argument writing
  • Build their own text sets on various topics for students to explore


About the Speaker: John Golden

John Golden is an English teacher and instructional specialist at Cleveland High chool in Portland, Oregon, and is currently an advisor to the College Board®'s 6-12 English Language Arts Developmental Committee. An English teacher for over twenty years, John has developed curriculums and led workshops for the College Board's Pacesetter and Springboard® English programs. Ge is the author of Reading in the Dark: Using Film as a Tool in the English Classroom (NCTE, 2001) and Reading in the Reel World: Teaching Documentaries and Other Nonfiction Texts(NCTE, 2006), and the producer of Teaching Ideas: A Video Resource for AP English (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2008).


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