How can you bring scientific argumentation into the middle school science classroom?

By Dr. Suzanna Loper

In this webinar with the Lawrence Hall of Science (which originally aired on November 8, 2016), Dr. Suzanna Loper explains how to use argumentation (one of the science practices identified in the NGSS) to provide opportunities to middle school students, support students' learning of core ideas, and challenge students in the classroom.

Listen to Dr. Loper provide concrete examples of bringing argumentation into the classroom. She discusses why it is important to to have students to gather evidence from multiple sources and use competing claims provide a valid argument.

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"In order to have argument, you need to have competing claims... If you only have one claim, you don't really have an argument, because you don't have a reason to need evidence."

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