A Visual Design for Evidence-Based Arguments – John Arthur | The OC for Social Studies

OER Conference for K-12 Social Studies | Track Talk: Designing Arguments with Evidence

The Layer Cake: A Visual Design for Evidence-Based Arguments

There are 5 essential pieces you need when designing a winning argument:
evidence, reasoning, your claim, counterclaims, and personal finishes that make the argument your own. It’s only 5 things, but it’s difficult for kids to keep them all straight without a picture that shows them how those parts are interconnected and work together. So, I developed a simple way of helping students visualize the design of an argument. In this talk, I will share this design and discuss how I use it to paint a clear, memorable picture in the minds of students.

About John
John Arthur is the 2021 Teacher of the Year for the Salt Lake City School District. He is a National Board Certified 6th grade teacher, an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education at Westminster College, and he represents the Asian community on the Advisory Committee on Equity of Educational Services for Students for the Utah State Board of Education.


OER Conference for K-12 Social Studies
August 5-7, 2020

We’re all exploring ways to ensure our students’ learning – and our own – continues to advance. Our new professional development conference for social studies can help meet those needs.

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