Support claims with reasons and evidence
Support claims with reasons and evidence

Support claims with reasons and evidence

I can support a claim with relevant reasons and convincing evidence.

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Students learn to support distinguish between claims and evidence and can select relevant reasons and evidence to support a given claim.



Learning objective

Students will be able to support a claim with relevant reasons and convincing evidence.


As a class, discuss what claims and evidence are by defining the words and giving examples of each. As a class, discuss the importance of being able to distinguish between a claim and evidence by discussing the two given examples on the interactive whiteboard.


Check that students understand that you need evidence to back up a claim. And you can't support a claim by making more claims. In larger pieces of writing, authors usually support their main claim, or thesis, with three reasons which are used to create three body paragraphs. Having three reasons makes the reader more comfortable that the author knows what they are writing about and makes it more likely that the reader will believe the claim that is made. As a class, use the picture and text prompts to brainstorm a few possible reasons that could support the given claims. Then move on to explain the link between reasons and evidence. The pieces of evidence are the individual facts, details, and statistics that prove that the reasons are true. Ask the class if they can come up with any evidence that could be used for the claim that teenagers shouldn't smoke. Then as a class, brainstorm not reasons but evidence for the given image and prompt. Then, flip it around. Give students a list of evidence, and then ask what reason (or claim) this evidence is supporting. As a class, read a paragraph and determine the author's claim, their reason, as well as their evidence. Repeat this but ask students to try to determine the answers individually before discussing as a class.


Students are given ten questions that check their understanding of key concepts given in the lesson. A portion of the questions ask students to determine if an element given is a claim, reason, or piece of evidence.


Remind students of the learning goal and discuss that it is important to be able to support a claim with relevant reasons and convincing evidence. Close the lesson with assigning students a paragraph writing task in which they must convince the teacher that chewing gum should be allowed in school.

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