Seven Things To Know About Jennifer Fletcher’s Teaching Arguments

To follow are seven things to know about the book Teaching Arguments: Rhetorical Comprehension, Critique, and Response. Once point for all seven chapters. There are many great points throughout this book but these are some of the biggest points that I got out from each chapter.

  1. When getting ready for any conversation it is important to listen. Listening helps to prepare yourself for the conversation.
  2. Start out by doubting and believing an issue and then move on to making a stance on the issue. From starting out this way students can come up with defensible assertions for students writing.
  3. Kairos is about the immediate social space and situation in which arguments must be made, including what’s expected in terms of propriety or fitness for the occasion. This chapter there is a lot talking about how to understand it, introduce it to high schoolers, and how to get students to use it.
  4. Newspapers are the best start to get students to learn about audience. They can compare and contrast different newspapers to learn how to figure out audience through the writing.
  5. Students need to learn that text can have a primary, secondary, or even a tertiary purpose. There is a difference between school writing and real-world writing. In real-world writing writers can start out talking about one thing and by the end be talking about something different.
  6. It is important to teach students to figure out the answers to their questions. For example, if a student asks if they have to use sources or they can use I a teacher showed their students recent scholarly articles and books from English students and challenged them to find their answer from looking at those. This will help the students in the long run.
  7. The last chapter dears to speak about a topic that would not be in most books. They discuss strategies for teachers to promote students’ academic identities and habit and as they call it “Aristotle’s guide to becoming a good student.


  1. esdowling1 · December 1, 2015

    I love the way you formatted this post! Picking your favorite point made in each of the chapters was a good idea, and I really like your point for chapter one. I have a bad habit of looking at someone who is talking to me, and nodding my head, but I am really into thinking about something else, and I end up not knowing what the person said when they finished talking. Newspapers are also a great resource, and with the rising amount of laptops in schools, students can use online news as well.


  2. scanloe · December 1, 2015

    I loved the form you use for this post. Most people who stop by will have certain ideas to mull over about their teaching practice in general not just argument writing! Kairos was a big word for many in this reading and chapter 7 is a great chapter for many students beyond the English classroom.


  3. cathymanning · December 2, 2015

    I really liked your post. I actually had the same book! I also liked your first point from chapter 1. My father used to always tell me: keep your mouth shut and your ears open. I’m sure a student will learn more from listening to the arguments already being made in a discourse than trying to assert their’s too early. Thank you for sharing!


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