How do you support students writing a scientific argument after a science seminar?
* Extension Discussion: Try it with your students!
* Extension discussion - Try it with your students!
- What went well?
- What strategies did you implement?
- What was challenging?
- What additional support do you need to run the science seminar successfully in your classroom?
1. Video: Writing for a Hypothetical Audience
Watch the video below, which introduces the “hypothetical audience” as a tool to support student writing of scientific arguments.
- In what ways could the science seminar support students in writing convincing arguments?
- What are some strategies from the video or your own experience to support student writing of arguments?
- What do you see as key characteristics you would like to see in your students’ written arguments?
2. Guided Practice: Analyze a Student Argument
- Introduce the guidelines for writing a scientific argument.Emphasize these are the elements students should include in their written argument.
- Project an exemplar student argument and use the peer feedback checklist to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of this argument.
3. Presentation: Introduction to the Argumentation Rubric
- Project the Rubric for Writing a Scientific Argument.
- Explain this rubric can be used to determine the strengths and weaknesses of student arguments.
- The rubric includes and expands upon the categories discussed in the peer feedback checklist. This can be used to provide targeted feedback to students in their writing.
4. Activity: Analyzing Student Arguments Using the Rubric
- In pairs or small groups, rate the strengths and weaknesses of each of the four sample student arguments using the rubric.
- Which argument was the strongest? Why?
- Which argument was the weakest? Why?
- How could you use this rubric in your classroom to provide feedback to your students?
5. Session takeaways