This .doc file contains an editable claim, evidence, and reasoning template that I use in my Biology classes. This template is written in language that can apply to any discipline where constructing an argument is a necessary skill. It uses the CER (Claim Evidence Reasoning) template commonly employed for making scientific arguments.
The vocabulary of the template is simplified to appeal to learners new to CER. It can easily be edited to differentiated to more advanced learners.
The template provides space for a rough draft, peer or personal reflection, and final draft. I use this template to attach to daily case studies and data analysis problems. The rough draft is used as a supplement to my activation at the beginning of a lesson, with the final draft as an exit ticket. A potential outline of use follows:
-Intro to Case Study-students complete rough draft based on their prior knowledge of the subject (e.g., Are viruses living?)
-Mid-lesson return to the topic: after students have received basic content instruction related to the case, students are asked to self or peer-assess their CER as a check for understanding.
-Exit ticket: given the full lesson, students refine their CER and submit it as an exit ticket.
-This template can also be used as a short lab write-up. It still asks students to think through their evidence, but in a very succinct way.
-Final CER's can be submitted in a student portfolio, with a select few graded.
-This template can be edited to fit with AP Free Response style questions.
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