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Take A Position (Mathematical Modeling)


What do I have to say about my topic?

Consider the research you have undertaken and the data you gathered, using it to inform the crafting of a main idea, a thesis, or an evidence-based position to focus your work. 

Time To Complete 

1 Hour

Content Areas 

  • Math

Common Core Standards 

  • CCSS.MP.4
  • CCSS.MP.3

I Can Statements 

I can

  • introduce claim(s) about a topic or issue, acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
  • establish a clear position on an issue in a thesis statement or introductory paragraph.
  • acknowledge and distinguish counter claims.

I will know my main idea or thesis statement is of high quality if it:

  • Draws conclusions that are supported by clear reasons and strong evidence uncovered by my research

Suggestions for Assessing Student Readiness to Move Forward:

  • Confer with students, asking probing questions about their main idea, their reasons and evidence, and exploring counter claims to gauge how well their position meets the quality criteria.
  • Ask students to lay out their claims, reasons, and evidence in a thesis statement, draft introductory paragraph, or suitable pre-writing or drafting activity.
  • Ask students to self-evaluate their work after completing one of the activities below. 
Possible Activities 
  1. Have students create a mind map: http://goo.gl/igDGD7

  2. Ask students to use the Elaborative Interrogation technique to review their research: http://goo.gl/Xm9muV

  3. Ask students to use the Making Meaning technique to review their research: http://goo.gl/IokfM6

  4. The Drawing Conclusions Thinking Guide can help students synthesize information effectively: http://goo.gl/gg0ZNS

  5. Have students discuss or free-write about their understanding of and position on the topic they have researched. 

  6. Ask students to restate their topic in a single sentence that conveys the importance of what they will communicate: http://goo.gl/jUrWqq



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