NGSS Engaging in an Argument Introduction Activity (CER)

Grade Levels
6th - 8th
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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.


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Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.


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