NGSS CER Practice - Claim, Evidence, Reasoning

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Sadler Science
Grade Levels
6th - 8th
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Do you have trouble teaching your students to write a CER? You aren't alone. This product gives you the tools you need to help your students understand the difference between the claim, evidence, and reasoning. Use this resource in class or online using Google Slides™.

This Product Contains Multiple Resources:

  • 1 handout for your student's interactive notebook that explains the components of an argument (Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning)
  • 3 Sample Arguments to help students identify the claim, evidence, and reasoning component
  • A key
  • 2 graphic organizers
  • 3 versions of Rubrics for grading student arguments
  • Teacher instructions
  • PDF and Google Slides™ Version

This activity was designed to help students with the Science and Engineering Practice of Engaging in an Argument Using Evidence. In 6th-8th grade students should be able to:

  • Construct, use, and/or present an oral and written argument supported by empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support or refute an explanation or a model for a phenomenon or a solution to a problem.
  • To learn more about this practice, click here to read all about it.


  • Carmin - "WHAT AN AMAZING RESOURCE!!! My students have been struggling with creating CER responses, this is such a great exemplar that they can easily follow!"
  • Christine D - "This product is a great way to introduce or review CER. I am going to use it next year for all three of my middle school classes. I love the worksheet templates too!"
  • Science Sparkles - "This is excellent! I used these for a science enrichment class after winter break, but it went so well that I will be using it for all my 8th grade classes at the beginning of next year."

To learn more about CERs, check out my blog post- Secrets to CER: Your Step-by-Step Guide.

Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.


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