In this argumentative writing lesson, students develop and justify a claim about the influence of 3D printing.
The lesson begins with students gathering evidence from a YouTube video and from a Science News for Students article. A video guide and annotation key are included. The sources introduce students to the process and applications of 3D printing.
After students have conducted research and reviewed both sources, students identify the claims on both sides of the argument, identify the reasons that support each claim and the evidence from the video and text that supports those reasons. This information is compiled in an easy to use graphic organizer.
Finally, students create their own claims, outline their ideas, and produce the essay to justify their position.
The multi-day lesson would be a great addition to any ELA, engineering, technology, or science class. I use it in my Project Lead the Way classroom to introduce students to the 3D printing unit "Designing for Production."
The writing prompt, informational texts and text-dependent questions are modeled after a Research Simulation Task (RST) on the PARCC exam. It is aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), including CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), including the Science and Engineering Practices.
The download includes the student worksheet and links to the video, text, and PARCC rubric.
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