The Western Massachusetts Writing Project, along with five other National Writing Project sites, is in the middle of a two-year initiative, funded by the federal Department of Education, to study effective ways of teaching students to write arguments citing evidence in middle and high school science classes. We are eager not only to share what we have learned so far, but to learn from others how this standard is being taught in science classrooms. As this standard is one of only a few that is common among the NGSS and the CCSS in Math and English Language Arts and Literacy, we would also like to create opportunities to explore the teaching of skills that are transferable to other disciplines, in addition to those that are science-specific.
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