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Oct 15, 2018 2018-10-15

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Curriculum Modules Supporting Disciplinary Argumentation

The Reading, Evidence, and Argumentation in Disciplinary Instruction (READI) Project, a multi-institutional initiative headed by the University of Illinois at Chicago, supports disciplinary argumentation from multiple sources in middle school and high school science and history/social studies classes. The website provides links to integrative curriculum modules developed as part of the project. For example, “Life Sciences: The Spread of MRSA” (versioned for grades 6 and 9) supports science students’ close reading, modeling, explanation, and argumentation practices while building their knowledge of evolution, microbes, and antibiotic resistance. Similarly, the module “Earth Science: How Are Humans Impacting Water?” (for grade 8) supports students’ close reading, modeling, explanation, and argumentation practices in science while building knowledge of water resources and pollution. And “Reading Science Modules” (for grades 6 and 9) supports students’ close reading of science visuals and models while building knowledge about the conventions of scientific models and the criteria for evaluating them. Each module includes a freely downloadable interactive notebook with integrated texts, tasks, scaffolds, and routines, along with an annotated teacher guide.

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