What our Authors’ Use of Reasons and Evidence lesson plan includes
Lesson Objectives and Overview: Authors’ Use of Reasons and Evidence teaches students to explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support certain points in a text. Students will learn to identify which reasons and pieces of evidence support which points. They will discover that adding these details helps readers understand why an author made those points.
The lesson contains two pages of content. The first page starts out with a short informative paragraph for you to read to the students. After you finish reading, you ask students what points the write made. Students will learn how to identify the main point and other points in a text. Then they will learn about evidence and reasoning.
Students will discover why authors use evidence to support their points. They will learn that reader need to know why authors make the points they do.
NONFICTION TOPIC WRITING ACTIVITY
Students will work with partners for the activity. However, you may want to have your students work in groups or by themselves. For the activity, students will choose a nonfiction topic and list five points that show evidence and reasons that support the topic. They will list the points in the table on the worksheet. They can use the lines below the table to write a rough draft of a short essay that includes the information they found. After they review their rough draft, they will write a final draft and share their essay with another pair of students.
MATCH THE POINT PRACTICE
The practice worksheet requires students to read 10 different statements. To the right of the statements is a list of supporting evidence or reasons. Students will match the evidence or reason to the statement it relates to.
AUTHORS’ USE OF REASONS AND EVIDENCE HOMEWORK
For the homework assignment, students will read an informative passage. They must identify and list five points that the author makes about the topic. Then they will provide the evidence or reasons that support the five points they chose.