DNA and RNA Chp. 12: Stem Cells

Reading and writing arguments about stem cells

By Mrs. Ratchford
January 18, 2016
9th Grade English

Writing Prompt

The ethics of the scientific use of stem cells for medical treatment has been debated in recent years.

In the Associated Press's article “Noses, made in Britain: U.K. touts lab-grown organs” explores the benefits of stem cell use for medical purposes. Summarize the claims The Associated Press makes in its argument and identify the evidence he/she uses to advance his/her position. What does The Associated Press want his/her readers to do as a result of reading the text?

Student Activities (Approximate Time 6:15)

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Analyzing Text-Dependent Prompts (20 min)

Break down writing prompts and tasks.

Building a Reading and Writing Plan (20 min)

Build an outline that organizes all parts in a writing task including the required textual details.

Previewing and Predicting (10 min)

Scan the text and make predictions about subject, content, and structure.

Evaluating Sources (25 min)

Use this handout to evaluate the credibility of print and online sources.

Scan for Vocabulary (20 min)

Identify unknown words in a text and create a personal glossary.

Making Inferences (15 min)

Draw conclusions about ideas in a text that are not directly stated.

Pausing and Predicting (15 min)

Pause frequently to make predictions about what will be said or done.

Summarizing Main Ideas (20 min)

Identify the main ideas in a paragraph(s) and synthesize them into a few concise sentences.

Writing in the Margins (15 min)

Think about the text and write ideas in the margin.

Marking a Text (25 min)

Identify and isolate essential ideas in a text.

Identifying Evidence (15 min)

Locate evidence or supporting details in a text that support authors' claims.

Analyzing Evidence (15 min)

Identify evidence in a text and analyze how it is used.

Understanding Vocabulary in Context (20 min)

Use context clues to guess the meaning of unfamiliar words in a text.

Introducing Sources (10 min)

Use these writing templates to practice introducing sources.

Expanding Summary (25 min)

Write about the main ideas in a text, adding more information with each new summary.

Integrating Sources (10 min)

Use these templates to practice integrating sources into your writing.

Source Summary (30 min)

Summarize an author's argument/main ideas, key supporting details, text structure, and purpose.

Argument Writing Plan (35 min)

Write argument essays with our flexible writing plan.

One Minute Speech (30 min)

Practice delivering formal presentations in one minute or less.
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9th Grade English Language Arts Standards

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Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Analyze in detail how an author’s ideas or claims are developed and refined by particular sentences, paragraphs, or larger portions of a text (e.g., a section or chapter).
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
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