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!
Like playing with fire? This bundle comes with a sample activity that allows students to investigate and write a reflection on the Theory of Evolution, using articles that show new possibilities in the lineage of hominid evolution. I have also included some tips on introducing this topic, as sometimes it can be a sensitive one, so that students understand that they are entitled and encourage to have their own beliefs, and that learning about a topic does not mean ones beliefs need to change or are being challenged.
This package is also available in a bundle on TPT including sample activities covering organic chemistry ("biomolecules") , 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 "Hominid Evolution" reflective writing assignment, student instructions for the "Hominid Evolution" reflective writing assignment, and a Claim-Evidence-Reasoning-Rebuttal worksheet altered to meet the needs of the "Hominid Evolution" reflective writing assignment.