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Writing to Argue: Writing as a Tool for Oral and Written Argumentation

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Instructional research and practices have focused until now on writing as the process and product of composing texts, and on its role in reasoning and learning. This chapter explores how writing relates to thinking and learning, and how teaching the use of writing tools in support of general writing strategies plays a role in learning specific strategies, such as those for argumentative discourse. It investigates the role of writing tools in learning strategies for two types of argumentative discourse in secondary education: persuasive essays and academic debates. The chapter explores the role of writing in learning oral argumentation. It uses strategic writing tools as the basis on which to develop effective self-regulated strategy instruction. Writing is thus conceived here as a learning activity in the sense that it thoroughly and extensively supports argumentative learning processes in the form of thinking tools for argumentative speaking and writing.

Keywords: academic debates; argumentative speaking; argumentative writing; learning strategies; oral argumentation; persuasive essays; self-regulated strategy instruction; writing strategies; writing tools



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