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This site documents the process of argument writing
, from start to finish, composed by twelfth grade students at Columbus High School in Columbus, Montana. Each student-composed piece took a full quarter of study to research, write, and compile. This argument piece serves as the culminating activity to represent the entirety of each student's argument learning over the span of the semester-long class. For these particular students involved in the inquiry project, this class was their first experience with writing argument to meet and exceed Montana's state standards..

Columbus is a small, rural mining town located in Stillwater County with a population of approximately 3,000 people, and Columbus High School has an average annual enrollment of approximately 200 students. Since 2004, the majority of high school and middle school language arts teachers in Columbus have received professional development in some capacity from the Montana Writing Project, a local site of the National Writing Project.

The detailed assignment description is available by clicking here.

Individual student writing is available by clicking here. Any of the images on this site can be enlarged by simply clicking on the image until the desired size is achieved.