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Argument Writing Institute

Explore what it means to be a great writer, and to craft a compelling argument!

In this institute you’ll learn instructional strategies that engage students in high-level thinking to write a claim supported by quality evidence and clear reasoning.   You’ll learn how to present students with challenging reading and to engage them in interesting class discussions.

As students read and talk more they will gain knowledge and discover new contexts for their ideas. These skills are essential for passing new standardized tests. We’ll explore how the thinking strategy connections between reading and writing can lead to developing a strong argument, and how to use mentor texts as a powerful tool to learn the craft of great writing.  Additionally we’ll model how to support students in developing  these evidence-based arguments.

May 11-12, 2017

PEBC Office
600 Grant St. Ste 525,
Denver, CO 80203

Perfect for

6th – 12th Grade Teachers
Curriculum Leaders & Instructional Coaches
Assistant Principals & Principals
District-based Leaders

Early Bird Rate: $415

Earn continuing Education Credit from
Colorado Department of Education
for completing the institute

Take your skills to the next level and reserve your seat today!

Learning Objectives


Investigate researched-based thinking strategies, along with the reading and writing connection, that proficient thinkers use to learn the craft of great writing


Learn how to gradually release responsibility to students, and support them in deconstructing and sequencing a written argument into a claim, evidence, warrant, reasoning, and counterclaim


Clarify the difference between assigning writing and teaching writing


Recognize the power of “mentor text” for students to learn genre, craft, and organization


Create a classroom community of learners who engage in lively discussions to develop reasoning that leads to better writing


Utilize formative assessment strategies to gauge student understanding and adjust instruction

Event facilitators

Annie Patterson, M.A.
PEBC Director of Education

Patterson joined PEBC in 2002 and consults locally and nationally, co-facilitates the Thinking Strategies Institutes, and oversees the PEBC Lab Classroom Network.  Patterson brings over 25 years of education experience that includes teaching middle school reading, language arts, social studies, math, instructional coaching and expertise in adult learning and professional development. She earned her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in Reading and Writing, from the University of Colorado, and is the recipient of the 2012 O’Rourke Award from Learning Forward Colorado for distinguished achievement in educator staff development.

Stevi QuateStevi Quate, Ph.D.
Author, National Consultant and PEBC Staff Developer

Stevi Quate is the author of The Just-Right Challenge and Clock Watchers (both coauthored with John McDermott).
As PEBC staff developer, Stevi sees daily the unrelenting pressure teachers face to boost student performance—and that the ability to catch students’ interest and hold it is essential to raising achievement. Stevi has also been a middle and high school teacher, co-director of the Colorado Writing Project, President of the Colorado affiliates of NCTE and IRA, and state literacy coordinator for the Colorado Department of Education.

Alisa Wills-KeelyAlisa Wills-Keely, M.A.
PEBC Lab  Host & Secondary English Teacher

Alisa Wills-Keely has been in English education for sixteen years. She has experience teaching striving readers and writers and college-level readers and writers in the high school classroom. Alisa has been an adjunct faculty member of University of Denver Morgridge College of Education, teaching inspiring graduate students in Secondary Teaching Methods. Outside of the classroom, Alisa is the Cherry Creek School District Secondary Instructional Literacy Coach and works closely with PEBC as a Lab Host for teachers across the metro area and nationwide.

Registration also includes

Breakfast and Lunch each day

Certificate of attendance for CDE credit

Groups of 6 or more receive a 10% discount on the institute.

Nearby Lodging

TownePlace Suites
685 Speer Blvd
Denver, CO 80204

Cancellations & refunds

Registration fees for professional development events cancelled or rescheduled by PEBC, for reasons other than weather or acts of God, are fully refundable. Seat(s) cancelled by registrant with less than 60 days notice from the start date of the professional development event are not refundable. Registrant is responsible for 50% of the registration fee for any seat(s) cancelled with more than 60 days notice from the start date of the professional development event. Unused seat(s) (no-shows) will be considered a cancellation by the registrant and are non-refundable. Registrant is responsible for all costs incurred due to cancellation, regardless of cancellation reason.

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