Scientific Argumentation

Grade-level focus: Grades 6-12
Session Audience: Grades 6–12 science teachers, instructional specialists and coaches
Session Duration: One-day session.

Success in science requires analytical and critical thinking skills as students observe events and processes; synthesize information; understand charts, graphs, and diagrams; and make sense of specialized vocabulary used in science. It is important to build students’ capacity for effective argumentation and explanatory writing in science as they make and defend claims, demonstrate what they know, or describe events and processes they have read about or observed. Students must also distinguish unsubstantiated opinion from claims supported by evidence.

In this two-day session designed for secondary science educators, participants will engage in scientific tasks with a focus on specific skills central to writing and defending scientific arguments, reporting findings of investigations, and synthesizing research while attending to the credibility of the research sources.