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Teaching Beyond The Re-tweet: Digital Argument Instruction for Real World Literacy

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There are many good reasons to teach Argument. In Argument in the Real World, Kristen Hawley Turner and Troy Hicks outline the main rationale for Teaching Digital Argument. 

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Choosing Effective Tools for Crafting Argument

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Every day, our students are inundated by information—as well as opinions and misinformation—in the world and on their devices. Digital texts influence what they buy, who they vote for, and what they believe about themselves and their world. Crafting and analyzing arguments in a digital world could be our greatest possibility to improve dialog across cultures and continents… or it could contribute to bitter divides.

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Teaching Argument to Support Meaningful Conversation

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Every day, our students are inundated by information—as well as opinions and misinformation—in the world and on their devices. Digital texts influence what they buy, who they vote for, and what they believe about themselves and their world. Crafting and analyzing arguments in a digital world could be our greatest possibility to improve dialog across cultures and continents… or it could contribute to bitter divides.

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Teaching Argument in the Digital World

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Adapted from Argument in the Real World: Teaching Adolescents to Read and Write Digital Texts By Kristen Hawley Turner and Troy Hicks


In The Uses of Argument (1958/2003), philosopher and educator Stephen Toulmin dissects syllogistic arguments and concludes, “Most of the arguments we have practical occasion to make use of are, one need hardly say, not of this type” (p. 124). Instead, Toulmin suggests a model for argument that focuses on practical uses and accounts for the complexity of human conversation, where arguments can be nested within each other and challenged at multiple levels—a description that applies to online discourse and digital writing as well. In fact, Toulmin explains that, in real-life situations, people make claims, and a conversational partner may challenge a claim by asking, “What have you got to go on?” (p. 13). This question requires the presentation of what Toulmin calls data and what the Common Core terms evidence.

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