Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning

I’ve been planning a blog post on Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning for the last few months but I keep putting it off. The other day I stumbled on Jason Buell’s post titled Claim Evidence Reasoning on his blog Always Formative (you should check it out by the way- really good stuff) and now I feel relieved that I can cross this off my list 🙂

Jason’s post describes multiple resources for scaffolding and supporting students in developing their scientific thinking and explanations using the frame of:

  • Claim
  • Evidence
  • Reasoning

In Washington state (where I live and work) we have become hyper focused on writing conclusions using the frame of Conclusive Statement, Supporting Data (high/low data points), and Explanatory Language. This frame comes from the rubric used for our high stakes science assessment at grades 5, 8, & 10. While it is a useful way for a scorer to assign points to a large scale assessment it is perhaps not the most flexible and helpful way for supporting students in writing conclusions and explanations for a variety of science (and non-science) contexts. As we engage with the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts, I thinking a framework like this will support student use of evidence and reasoning across content areas.

I recommend reading Jason’s post and trying out some of the writing frames he suggests with your students.

One response to “Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning

  1. Thank you for the great resource!

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