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How We Argue: A Workshop for Social Studies Teachers


How do we discuss controversial topics? Often, it seems, we rely upon superficial research of the facts, intimidation, or appeals to emotion. Yet, democracy depends on citizens charitably and accurately engaging each other’s arguments.

In this workshop, we introduce ​argument mapping​: a simple, powerful, ​research-backed method for applying logical rigor to writing and classroom discussions. ​Visualizing the structure of arguments makes students more precise, confident thinkers across disciplines. ​Harvard philosophers have partnered with social studies teachers to develop and test this method with students. This workshop will provide teachers with tools, resources, and best practices that you can implement immediately to support student learning.

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