Welcome to How We Argue!

In this course we introduce argument mapping, a powerful tool for helping students improve the rigor and precision of their persuasive writing.

Argument mapping also helps students engage in robust discussion of controversial issues. We will teach you to expose the hidden structure of arguments in order to reveal unstated assumptions and weak support relationships.

Teachers will graduate this course with skills, tools and strategies to improve the rigor and precision of students’ writing and to make class discussions more focused and constructive.


This course is designed to give teachers the ability to understand and teach argument mapping to students. Each lesson includes instruction and practice exercises on a particular aspect of mapping, as well as guidance for how you can incorporate what you’ve learned into your classes.