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Students should be regularly constructing arguments in your classroom and presenting the arguments to other students. Introduce your students to concept of argumentation in the form of a CER paragraph using this easy to use activity. Use this resource in class or online using Google Slides™.
This activity includes:
- An explanation of the components of an argument (Claim, Evidence and Reasoning) to be used in an interactive notebook or as a handout
- An activity that requires students to identify the claim, evidence and reasoning component in 3 different arguments with 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 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.
- 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."