Outline Workshop: Responding to Friendly and Skeptical Questions

Answering questions is the best way to hone and revise your argument. Foster receptive writers with a workshop activity that promotes peer editing and argumentative writing skills. Given lists of both friendly and skeptical questions, learners help their classmates strengthen written arguments and evidence-based claims.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners come up with their own questions and augment the list with their ideas
  • Incorporate into a larger research unit or when hosting a writer's workshop
Classroom Considerations

  • The eighth lesson in a series of 12, all of which are based on Kate L. Turabian's Student's Guide to Writing College Papers
Pros

  • Provides questions that address evidence, reasons, and big picture for each argument
  • Combines skills for the writing process and supporting a claim
Cons

  • None