Here’s another fantastic idea from a workshop with Terri Sessoms about how to address writing arguments in science. It’s similar to a KWL, but evidence-based, which we really need to consider as we focus more and more on text evidence and measurable or observational evidence from real-life experiences.
The graphic below is based on an example she gave us. My understanding is that ideas can be generated from the text. The claim is what is found in the text. The evidence is the result of an investigation and text evidence.
Here’s my thinking for implementing this.
1. Think of what science standard you want students to learn.
2. Find a short information text on the topic, a trade book or reading passage.
3. Help students arrive at the idea you want to discuss and what claims are expressed in the text.
4. Design and conduct an experiment or investigation to gather real-life evidence.
It’s simple and perfect!