Two Versions of Claims and Evidence Worksheets
These two versions of graphic organizers are designed to help students understand the relationship between their thesis and the claims they will develop with evidence through their project.
A: Download the Storyboard Worksheet for Making an Argument (PDF)
The worksheet asks students to note the basic claims they plan to make with the evidence they plan to use to develop their argument. By organizing their claims and evidence into specific sections (introduction, context and background, what happened, impact/significance, conclusion), students will be able to determine if they had enough evidence to support their thesis. Each claim should be supported by 3-5 sources.
B: Download the Detailed Worksheet for Making an Argument (PDF)
The second worksheet is divided into two sections. The first section asks students to write a 1-2 sentence thesis statement; a thesis checklist helps students self-assess whether their statement meets the standards of a strong thesis. The second section asks students to develop their argument with 3-5 claims that support the thesis and to provide evidence for each claim. The claims are broken into sections for context and background, what happened, impact, significance, and conclusion.