Ask students to identify how an author used cited evidence to construct an argument to prepare students to do the same in their arguments.

Ask students to identify how an author used cited evidence to construct an argument to prepare students to do the same in their arguments.
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Action:

  • Provide students a paper that does a good job of making claims that are supported by cited evidence. Either in class or in a written assignment, ask students to summarize the arguments made within the paper and what cited evidence the authors used to make each argument.
  • Ask students to identify the following:
    • Text that situates this question within the literature
    • Cited evidence
    • Explanations of how the cited evidence supports a specific claim.
  • When possible, use a previous student’s anonymized assignment as a model for current students.

Reason:

  • Deconstructing examples of how authors construct an argument through citing previous work provides students a model of how to connect existing literature to their topic.