A routine for identifying the truth of claims.
Description: This thinking routine identifies and tests the claims that we encounter during examination of topics. Students start by creating a claim from patterns and assertions or identifying a given claim. Then they hold them up to thoughtful scrutiny, finding support or conflicting evidence for the claim and what questions still exist. Claim-Support-Question focuses students on evidence as the purveyor of the truth and makes their thinking more visible.
How to Use the Strategy:
Refer to pages 191-198 in the book Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners.
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Claim-Support-Question in 8th Grade Science in South Lyon
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