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Questions, Claims, and Evidence: The Important Place of Argument in Science Writing
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This web seminar took place on December 17, 2012, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters were Jay Staker and Dr. Lori Norton Meier. In this program Mr. Staker and Dr. Norton Meier discussed new ways to make hands-on science activities more inquiry friendly and learner centered.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

In this web seminar the presenters talked about the connections between learning and argument. They asked participants to define teaching and learning, as well as argument and explanation. Participants then had a chance to practice developing claims and evidence by completing an exercise in which they solved a murder mystery. The presenters then described the vital link between science and language and provided details about the Science Writing Heuristic (SWH) approach. They shared a lab activity and strategies for using SWH in the classroom.

Seminar participants received an NSTA SciGuide. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I really enjoyed the suspense story to practice claims, evidence and prior knowledge.”
  • “I learned more about argumentation, explanation, scientific literacy, evidence and using them in the classroom.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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