The College, Career, and Community Writers Program 
answers the contemporary call for respectful argumentative discourse.  
The instructional resources help teachers and students read critically
explore multiple points of view, and finally take a stand on important issues.

Resources Update

Be sure to check out the premiere of American Creed on February 27th! You and your students are invited to add your stories to the conversation about our American Creed. This invitation to write is right in line with the goals of C3WP with a focus on meaningful civic participation and dialogue. Check out this Educator Innovator blog post to learn more and be sure to sign up for the American Creed Educator Resources website.  

We also have a new resource available, under Professional Development Resources, an infosheet called Quick Sort for Debriefing a Co-Taught Lesson.

Check out our newly posted resource, Approaches to Coaching, under Professional Development Design. 

C3WP Program Design Principles

Professional Development 
Intensive and embedded teacher-to-teacher PD to support classroom instruction in the teaching of argument writing

Instructional Resources
A year-long arc of intentionally sequenced instructional resources that support students’ developing skills in writing arguments

Formative Assessment
A variety of easy-to-use formative assessment tools that help teachers determine what their students can do and where to focus next instructional steps

C3WP Instructional Resources Design Principles

1. A clear focus on a specific set of skills or practices in argument writing that build over the course of an academic year

2. Text sets that represent multiple perspectives on a single topic, beyond pro and con

3. Iterative reading and writing practices that build knowledge about a conversation focused on a single topic

4. Recursive claims that emerge and evolve through the reading and writing process

5. Organizational structures in argument that are intentional, designed to advance the argument, not based on formulas (e.g. five-paragraph theme)

6. Formative assessment opportunities embedded in classroom practice and professional conversations that identify areas of strength and inform next steps for teaching and learning