Achieve excellence in the new common core standards by increasing your students' ability to read, research, cite sources, and write efficiently with references using reflective (or argument) writing assignments. In addition to that, help your student's become critical thinkers by having students not only analyze a topic, but also what different authors are saying about it, and how this affects their understanding and learning. The reflective writing assignment can very easily be modified into an argument writing assignment (or even a classroom debate) by choosing a topic with more than one side and asking students to pick as side and use the evidence they gather to not only explain the topic and their learning, but to also support their view. And the best part is, with good student instructions and expectations, a thorough rubric, and my student score cards, grading is fast and easy!
This package is also included with 4 different bundles on TPT including a sample activity covering either organic chemistry ("biomolecules"), evolution (hominid), or biotechnology (one on GMOS, one on genetic and DNA testing), or as a bundle including this package and all four sample activities.
This is designed for 9-12th grade science students, but could easily be adapted for other subjects.
Included: Teacher notes and general instructions for teaching and using reflective writing assignments, academic honesty power point, student instructions for writing a reflective or argument paper, 2 different Claim-Evidence-Reasoning-Rebuttal worksheets modified for these types of assignments, a rubric for grading reflective or argument papers, and student score cards for easy grading of reflective or argument papers.