Take a look at eight detailed unit plans that include Showing Evidence Tool activities to engage students in discussion of priorities and decision-making.
Jack and the Beanstalk: Is being bad for a good reason ever OK?
Grade: 3-5, Language Arts
Students read and discuss the fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk, then decide whether Jack should be deemed a hero. Using the Showing Evidence Tool to structure their support, students write a persuasive essay to answer the question of Jack’s heroism.
Space: Why do we explore?
Grades: 6-8, Earth Science
Humans have sought to understand the unknown since the beginning of time. In this unit, students research the costs and benefits of space exploration and present a recommendation to Congress. They use the Showing Evidence Tool to organize claims and evidence to back their point of view concerning the justification of continued space exploration.
Examining Change: What happens next?
Grades: 6-10, Mathematics
Students create contexts for exploring the mathematical growth of dots and examine additional situations involving change. They use the Showing Evidence Tool to create a mathematical conjecture and provide data to support it.
National Debt: Should we spend more than we have?
Grades: 7-9, Government, Economics
Did you know that of the many countries currently in debt, the United States leads the way? The U.S. national debt in 2003 stood at more than seven trillion dollars (that is $7,000,000,000,000)! How big is this really? Is it a problem? What are the consequences of this huge debt? Should the country’s youth have to pay off the debt? Students explore these questions as they research the national debt, its magnitude, and its consequences, and investigate the issues involved in having a large national debt.
Romeo and Juliet: How does literature help us better understand ourselves?
Grades: 8-10, Language Arts
Students use Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to look at personal responsibility, individual's freedom of choice, and the effect of one’s actions on others. Students use the Showing Evidence Tool to help them sort out the evidence and determine who or what is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. They present their findings in Verona’s court and submit a jury statement discussing who or what they find guilty
What's in Your Genes?: Just because we can should we?
Grades: 9-12, Science
Students analyze a controversial biotechnology application and support its free use, limited use, or disuse. They use the Showing Evidence Tool to organize their argument, then conduct a simulation where they write legislation and persuade classmates to accept their views.
Turning Points in History: How did we get here from there?
Grades: 9-12, Social Studies
Students research important turning points in European history and choose the three they believe are most important. They use the Showing Evidence Tool to provide strong evidence to support their claims. Finally, students narrow down the list of turning points to the top two claims and participate in a mock trial.
Mysterious Malady: How do we decide which scientific claims to believe?
Grades: 10-12, Chemistry
Chemistry students act as investigators when they analyze evidence and apply gas laws to determine the most likely source of a potential toxin. They use the Showing Evidence Tool to organize clues and draw a conclusion, then argue their case in a mock court of law.