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Writing Arguments That Matter

Gain confidence in your ability to master high school and college writing by learning to ask compelling research questions and write effective arguments. In this course, we’ll walk through the steps of writing a persuasive argument from start to finish: from choosing an important and relevant topic, crafting a question, conducting research and writing an argument that contributes valuable and original insights. You’ll learn skills that’ll help you expertly navigate academic conversations and craft complex arguments, as well as strategies to make your writing more persuasive.

You may also be interested in enrolling in Sharpen Your Writing Skills, our foundational composition course that covers writing fundamentals, skills and strategies. 

Who Should Register

This course is for incoming ninth to 12th graders who want to learn argumentative writing strategies. It's not a creative writing course, and it's not for those who need remedial writing help. All students should have a high level of English language proficiency.


Jennifer Cuffman 

More Information

The remote section is taught via Canvas and/or Zoom video conferencing. Classes meet in real time and are not recorded. Activities are held both synchronously and asynchronously. To participate, you should have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection and a headset and webcam.

See the Policies page for details about registration policies, COVID-19 vaccination requirements and more.

Earn a Digital Badge

After participating in this course, you can claim a Youth & Teen Programs digital badge that you can share with prospective colleges, universities and employers and on social media.