Correlation vs. Causation

Students will learn the difference between correlation and causation. The article addresses how trends can be related to each other and the role of confounding variables in determining this.

By Ms. Wurst
July 20, 2016
12th Grade Math

Writing Prompt

In a small group, summarize Kathiann Kowalski's main ideas in Explainer: Correlation, causation, coincidence, and more. Describe the key evidence the author uses to inform his/her readers. Discuss the author's purpose for writing the text and identify the intended audience. Be ready to share your ideas with the rest of the class.
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12th Grade Literacy Standards in Math

This lesson teaches the following grade level appropriate state literacy standards. The cubes provide an abbreviation of the standard name and reference number. Click Add to My Lesson Plans to make a copy of the lesson. Making a copy will allow you to update any information including the literacy standards.

Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
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