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 bundle comes with a sample activity that allows students to use their lab skills to first identify mystery organic substances (glucose, starch, protein- albumin and lipid- oil), and then research and argue the use of these substances for the needs of different athletes. The final product of this activity is an argument writing assignment disguised as a professional letter. The majority of my students have found this activity and paper very enjoyable to do!
This package is also available in a bundle on TPT including sample activities covering evolution (hominid), and biotechnology (one on GMOS, one on genetic and DNA testing), or each of those is available as a separate package as well.
This is designed for 9-12th grade science students.
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, student score cards for easy grading of reflective or argument papers, teacher notes and instructions for the "Food Lab" activity and argument writing assignment (professional letter), student instructions for the "Food lab" purposes activity and debate- includig a Claim-Evidence-Reasoning-Rebuttal worksheet altered to meet the needs of the "Food Lab" activity, a rubric written specifically for grading the "Food Lab" activity argument writing assignment (letter), student score cards for easy grading of the "Food Lab" activity argument writing assignment (letter).