Students can sometimes have a hard time writing with the language of science. I like to use the 'Claim, Evidence, Reasoning' strategy to help students formulate their scientific writing. We all have ideas about science (claims), but they are not actually science until we have evidence! Reasoning is how we explain to someone else how the evidence supports our claim.
This graphic organizer can be used for any scientific writing that is 1 paragraph in length. I use it with my students for writing responses that summarize science current event articles. Students have to identify the claim and evidence in the article, and then summarize with reasoning to connect the claim and evidence. You could also use this after any lab experiment, where students need to summarize what their claim was and whether the evidence supports it or not.
The graphic organizer defines CLAIM, EVIDENCE, and REASONING. It also gives suggestions to the writer about the length of each section of the paragraph. Each section also has SENTENCE STARTERS to help the students with the mechanics of scientific language.
Page 1- Cover
Page 2- Graphic Organizer
Page 3- Suggested Rubric for grading student paragraphs
Writing About Science: Claim, Evidence, Reasoning One Paragraph Graphic Organizer
by Andrea Twardzicki
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