11-12.LST.5.1

Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.

I Can Statements Question Stems
I can write arguments with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
I can develop a claim.
I can introduce a counterclaim in my argument.
I can use relevant evidence to support my analysis.
I can paraphrase without plagiarizing.

What is your claim?
What evidence will you use to support your claim?
How do you determine the validity and credibility of your evidence?
What do you do if you encounter evidence that contradicts your claim?
What is your counterargument?
What is the best format to present your argument?
Which organizational structure best fits your argument?
How does your conclusion further support the argument?
Who is your audience?
What style and tone are most appropriate for your audience?

Academic Vocabulary

argument
evidence
introduction
conclusion
excerpt
counterclaim
plagiarize
reasoning
paraphrase

English Learner Considerations

The English Learner considerations, which were written by Indiana EL teachers, are meant to increase engagement and support growth for ELs. They are designed to support the standards and curriculum you are currently using. The following are recommendations of best practices to assist educators in making language more accessible for English Learners. Educators should adapt strategies based upon a student’s proficiency level and ensure that content is age-appropriate.

Additional strategies and the guiding principles regarding literacy instruction for English Learners.

Special Education Considerations

The special education considerations, which were written by Indiana special education teachers, are meant to increase engagement and support growth for students in special education. This is not an exhaustive list of strategies, but these supports will help you make literacy instruction more accessible for students. Remember to adapt these to the needs of your students and ensure that you are creating opportunities for all students to engage with rigorous content.

Guiding principles regarding literacy instruction for students in special education.