November 18, 2020: Argumentation (5-Part Live Webinar Series)


Many teachers ask, “What is the difference between ‘persuasion’ and ‘argumentation’?” Even though people may use these terms interchangeably, one way to delineate the two is to think of “persuasion” as convincing people to act differently and “argumentation” as convincing people to think differently, the latter of which endures.

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Registration Deadline: November 13, 2020

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As with all JSWP workshops, the focus starts with the body paragraphs, then shifts to the essay as a whole. Four argumentation layouts provide differentiation for On-Level, SPED, ELL, G/T, Honors, and AP®/IB students with a special section on the ACT®. In addition, instruction on classical elements, such as audience, purpose, and occasion and Aristotle’s artistic proofs (ethos, logos, and pathos) provide insight on how orators and writers create a unique voice and style. The JSWP shaping sheet helps students to edit and revise their drafts to explore grammatical areas of strength and weakness and to create a variety of sentence types, openings, and lengths prior to producing a final draft.



Grade Levels: 6-12

Registration Deadline: November 13, 2020

Live Webinar Access: Registrants will receive a webinar invitation via email one week prior to the first session.

Webinar Dates: Five-part series

  • November 18  5:30-7:00 P.M. (CST)
  • November 25 5:30-7:00 P.M. (CST)
  • December 2 5:30-7:00 P.M. (CST)
  • December 9 5:30-7:00 P.M. (CST)
  • December 16 5:30-7:00 P.M. (CST)

Time and Time Zones:

  • 5:30 – 7:00 P.M. (CST)
  • 4:30 – 6:00 P.M. (MST)
  • 3:30 – 5:00 P.M. (PST)
  • 6:30 – 8:00 P.M. (EST)

Session Duration: 90 minutes each day

Absence Policy: Understandably, extenuating circumstances arise. In order to earn CEU credit, participants may not miss more than 2 of the 5 sessions. For the session(s) a participant misses, Dr. Louis will send the participant a recording of the session to view prior to the next session.

Continuing Education Units (CEU): 7.5 hours total

  • Note: Texas Education Agency CPE# for Jane Schaffer Writing Program® is 902-581.

Price: $299.95

 Included in This Training:

  • 7.5 hours of instruction with Deborah E. Louis, Ph.D.;
  • 171-page teacher’s guide and other materials;
  • zipper bag with set of pens for color-coding;
  • unbound student masters;
  • In addition to the 171-page guide and set of student masters, which all participants receive, ELA participants also receive our STAAR or SBAC Expository materials, depending on which assessment your students take; and
  • CEU certificate.

What to Bring: We provide pens and the guides; but, you might like to bring highlighters, post-it notes, and a notepad.

Option 2: Recorded version of the 5-Part Series (90-day license)

  • Trainer: Deborah E. Louis, Ph.D. – Owner of JSWP
  • 90-day subscription – view at your convenience (great for individual viewing or PLC’s)
  • Up to 50 subscriptions
  • OnDemand training
  • Teacher’s guide, including hard copies of graphic organizers, and a zipper bag of pens for color-coding
  • CEU certificate per participant
  • $2,500.00 plus $49.95 per teacher for the teacher’s guide and student masters
  • Fax your Purchase order to 214.943.9447 or scan it to

Questions? 214.946.3385



Day 1

  • Terminology and methodology
  • Argumentation paragraph model
  • Obtain the facts of an issue from primary and secondary sources, evaluating their relevance to the topic at hand as well as the thesis statement;
  • Acknowledge both sides of an issue by understanding concession and confutation, also known as counterargument or counterclaim;
  • Refute the other side’s position;
  • Develop and synthesize ideas in an organized, logical, and rational manner;
  • Embed quotations;
  • Create insightful and effective commentary or analysis;
  • Produce a debatable thesis;
  • Begin and end an essay with an effective introduction and conclusion;
  • Editing, revising, proofing;
  • Prompt construction;
  • Collaborative and paired writing; and
  • Sample timelines/pacing plans.

Day 2:

  • Teachers have more time to ask questions relative to situations that arise in the classroom;
  • Produce prompts that coincide with a district’s or campus’ scope and sequence;
  • Design a model to be implemented during the introduction of argumentation to students;
  • Discuss problem areas and research techniques;
  • Scaffolding/RTI/ELL strategies;
  • Weaving – Leaving the formula behind;
  • Two-chunk Argumentation paragraphs;
  • Quotations and lead-ins;
  • In-depth study of thesis, introductions, conclusions;
  • Revising and editing;
  • G/T; Pre-AP; AP solutions; and
  • Google docs template for Argumentation.

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Optional Formats

This training is offered in multiple formats: brick-n-mortar workshops, live webinars, and virtual learning in the form of self-paced modules.

  • In a one-day brick-n-mortar workshop, teachers learn the Jane Schaffer Writing Program® methodology and how that methodology applies to the argumentation process.
  • A two-day brick-n-mortar workshop allows teachers time to practice a synthesis type question where participants select multiple sources to defend a thesis while acknowledging the validity of others’ perspectives.
  • Our live webinars consist of five 90-minute sessions spread out over a five-week period on designated days of the week.
  • Our virtual learning option allows teachers to view and review a recorded series over a 90-day period, individually or through Professional Learning Communities (PLC).

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