Claims, Evidence, Reasoning Lesson Plan

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My go-to lesson plan for teaching claims, evidence, and reasoning, this lesson compares making an argument to riding a rollercoaster.



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Each part - claims, evidence, and reasoning - is a different step to the process of strapping your reader in and keeping them on board with you to your kick-butt conclusion.

In this lesson, you’ll find a detailed lesson plan, slides, and a handout to help students practice claims, evidence, and reasoning through philosophical chairs.

You’ll find the middle of the lesson is the perfect time to stop students’ debating, use the included slides to explain each part of claim, evidence, and reasoning, and then require students to apply it to their own verbal arguments for the rest of class.

It’s a packed lesson, but one that has the potential to set up your entire unit! I won’t teach argumentative writing without it.

This lesson plan includes:

  • Content standards
  • Language standards
  • 1 detailed lesson plan
  • 1 Editable handout accompanying the lesson plan
  • Powerpoint slides for the lesson


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


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