This book helps content-area teachers develop a clear understanding of the the Common Core State Standards for Reading and Writing in History/Social Studies, Science, and the Technical Subjects Giouroukakis and Connolly provide sample CCSS-based content-area lessons from real teachers in the field. Their in-depth analysis of these lessons will help educators develop their own CCSS-aligned subject-specific lessons.

Argument Writing Lessons

Argument writing lessons

In this chapter, we present three lessons (one history/social studies, one science, one technical subject) that we believe are particularly effective for addressing the CCSS for Writing. These lessons involve many reading and writing skills and thus address the majority of the CCSS; however, we have designated the lessons according to the text types and purposes of their writing requirements.

The lessons in this chapter help students formulate and enhance their argument writing skills:

  • History/Social Studies: Grades 6–8, “Mock Trial: Native Americans and European Colonization”
  • Science: Grades 9–10, “Boyle's Law”
  • Technical Subject: Grades 11–12, “Fantasy Basketball”

Within the history/social studies lesson, students write research-based Reader's Theater scripts for a mock trial in which they present evidence as to whether the Native Americans or the Europeans ...

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