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April 3-4, 2020: Analytical Response to Literature, Argumentation


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April 3, 2020: Response to Literature (6-12)

April 4, 2020: Argumentation (6-12)


Coastline Christian Schools

1801 N Loop Rd

Alameda, CA

9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Contact for Curriculum or Purchasing: Dr. Deborah E. Louis (

Questions about Curriculum or Purchasing? 214.946.3385

Additional information

Number of days attending

One Day, Two Days



April 3: Analytical Response to Literature

April 4: Argumentation

Time: 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

What to Wear: Dress comfortably. Layer your clothing.

What to Bring: We’ll provide your guides and pens and post-it notes, but feel free to bring your favorite note-taking materials, such as tape-flags and highlighters. You may also bring your tablet or iPad to review our digital products and approaches, but a device is not required.

Questions about Curriculum or Purchasing? 214.946.3385


April 3, 2020 - Analytical Response to Literature

Teaching Analytical Response to Literature

The workshop provides English Language Arts teachers with training on the teaching of literary analysis, also known as response to literature. From the very simple model of the Cinderella paragraph to Advanced Placement® interpretations, this guide reveals an academic approach to writing about literature.

The standards-based curriculum guide demonstrates alignment with both the Common Core State Standards and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

The scaffolding of skills includes Jane’s prewriting strategies, student-centered terminology, color-coding, and Web-off-the-Word™, Jane’s breakthrough approach to commentary and vocabulary development. From terminology to final draft essays, this workshop is designed to assist the English language arts teacher with strategies and techniques that yield successful writers.

Day 1:

  • Terminology and methodology
  • Response to literature paragraph model
  • Gathering and evaluating CDs
  • Building insightful commentary
  • Editing, revising, proofing
  • Prompt construction
  • Collaborative and paired writing
  • Sample timelines/pacing plans
  • Introduction to thesis, introductions, and conclusions

Day 2:

  • Scaffolding/RTI/ELL
  • Revising and editing
  • Weaving – Leaving the formula behind
  • Two-chunk response to literature paragraphs
  • Quotations and lead-ins
  • In-depth study of the thesis, introductions, conclusions
  • G/T; Pre-AP; AP solutions
  • Google docs template for Response to Literature

April 4, 2020 - Argumentation

Teaching Argumentation

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.

In this one-day workshop, teachers learn the Jane Schaffer Writing Program® methodology and how that methodology applies to the argumentation process. Strategies include how to 1) 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; 2) acknowledge both sides of an issue by understanding concession and confutation, also known as counterargument or counterclaim; 3) refute the other side’s position; 4) develop and synthesize ideas in an organized, logical, and rational manner; 5) embed quotations; 6) create effective commentary or analysis; 7) produce a debatable thesis; and 8) begin and end an essay with an effective introduction and conclusion.

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.

A two-day 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. Teachers have more time to ask questions relative to situations that arise in the classroom; to 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; and discuss problem areas and research techniques.

Pricing and Payment Information

April 3: Analytical Response to Literature

April 4: Argumentation


  • One Day: $219.95
  • Two Days: $359.95

For Individuals: Credit Cards or Purchase Orders Accepted. No Personal Checks.

For Departments, Campuses, and Districts: Credit Cards, Company Checks, or Purchase Orders Accepted.

For Purchase Orders and Company Checks:

  • Please contact to obtain W9 and/or any other vendor requirements your school or district needs.
  • Purchase orders and company checks should be made payable to Louis Educational Concepts, LLC, 400 South Zang Blvd., Ste. 1425, Dallas, Texas 75208. You may fax your P.O. to 214.943.9447 or email it to
  • Your P.O. must arrive on or before the registration deadline to reserve your seat and finalize your registration.

Questions? 214.946.3385


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