Methods and Strategies: Developing Persuasive Voice in the Science Classroom

by: Marlene Thier

This article examines the role of argument in the science classroom and how it can be used to help students develop science process skills (e.g., using evidence to defend a point of view) and literacy process skills (e.g., using language precisely to express a particular point of view and extending these understandings through the use of notebooks). The classroom application shared here describes an inquiry experience with fourth- through sixth-grade students, but the concept of using evidence and language to defend a point of view is an idea that can be adapted to any elementary grade level.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 11/1/2010Stock # sc10_048_03_70Volume 048Issue 03

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