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.



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 limited 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