Lesson Plan

Writing Is Elementary, My Dear Watson: Writing Paragraphs With Evidence And Reasoning

Did Smitty do it, or is he a victim? Sleuths apply their observation and reasoning skills to build a case for an argumentative paragraph. Class members closely observe a cartoon, make a claim, cite evidence from the image, and support their argument with logical reasoning. After a peer review of their drafts, your young detectives craft a Tweet about what they have learned about using evidence.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Follow the lesson by having groups apply their sleuthing skills to solve "Two Minute Mysteries"
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a projector for the PowerPoint and copies of three handouts for each pupil
Pros
  • Teacher notes offer additional support for instructors
Cons
  • None
Common Core