- 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.
- 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.