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Collaborating to find evidence is a teaching strategy that encourages students to engage with one another. This process involves different types of participation from students. First, they work individually to apply the CERCA Framework to a piece of text. Next, students work in pairs to share and collaborate. And finally, students discuss their claims, reasoning, and evidence in a larger group. Research indicates that this method of learning is effective in increasing achievement on writing and standardized tests. In fact, students who reported that they more frequently discussed interpretations of what they read scored higher on the 2013 NAEP test. Download everything you need to jumpstart this activity in your classroom.
- Minilesson (slides) on Collaborating to Find Evidence
- Student handout
- Teacher lesson guide
- Free differentiated informational texts to use with this lesson are available on ThinkCERCA.com. Simply register for a free account and pick an appropriate QuickCERCA reading.