Book Club on Argument

Book Club Announcement: Teaching Argument Writing, Grades 6-12 (with Pizza)

Are you troubled by strange reasoning in your students’ essays? Do you experience feelings of dread grading their thesis-less arguments? Have you or your fellow English teachers seen irrelevant evidence or unclear reasoning?

If the answer is yes, then don’t wait another minute. Sign up to participate in our next book club, in which we’ll take a look at Teaching Argument Writing, 6-12: Supporting Claims with Relevant Evidence and Clear Reasoning by George Hillocks, Jr. We will also eat pizza.

As teachers, we constantly ask our students to “cite textual evidence to support analysis” or analyze “how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.” However, as the foreword to Teaching Argument Writing says, “simply providing the opportunity for student activity is not enough;” our students need us to “devise engaging and carefully sequenced instructional materials.” And that’s really hard to do. I know I could really use some help getting my students forming and articulating their own arguments and analyzing the strength in others’ arguments as well. I could also go for some pizza.

Teaching Argument Writing is full of practical activities actually used in the classroom to help students make judgments, develop criteria, and think in an argumentative way. We’ll explore these ideas and activities, put them into our classrooms, and reflect on the results. We will also eat pizza.

Preview the introduction and first chapter of the book and study guide on Heinemann’s website.


  • Participants will receive a copy of the text from KMWP.
  • The book club will be led by seasoned KMWP fellows, Tommy Jolly and Sonny Harding of East Paulding High School.
  • The book club will meet at the Marietta Pizza Company on the Marietta Square. Pizza eating takes place at 6:00pm, discussion from 6:30-8:00pm.

Meeting dates:

  • Thursday, March 6
  • Thursday, March 27
  • Thursday, April 24

Please email Jen ( and Sonny ( if you can join us.

Thanks for considering,


Author:Ryan Rish

Ryan is an Assistant Professor of English Education at Kennesaw State University and serves as KWMP's Technology Liaison.

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