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Lesson Plan: Making a Point- Climate Change

Subject:  ELA- Reading

Grade: 4

Lesson Objective: To understand how to make a point about climate change, including evidence and reasons

Common Core Standard:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.8- Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.




  • When you are speaking to someone and you are trying to convince them to do to think a certain way, what are things that you can say that help them believe you?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • When you are trying to convince someone of something, it is very important to have facts, or true statements, to tell them.  This is called making a point.
  • Authors sometimes make points when they write nonfiction. 
  • An author might make a point when they want the readers to believe what they are saying. 
  • For example, an author might write about how going to the doctor is important.  The author wants their readers to believe how important it is to take care of themselves and would explain how doctors help.
  • An author could also make a point to try to get their readers to do something specific.
  • For example, if an author is writing about litter and how it is bad for the environment, the author might also try to convince the readers to go out and pick up litter in their neighborhoods.
  • An author uses reasons and proof or evidence when making a point.  The author needs to have facts to share so that the readers will believe what they are writing about.
  • When making a point, an author usually includes three pieces of evidence or facts.
  • Now, you are going to be reading about climate change.  After you have read the paragraph, you write down the three facts that you read about.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share your answers?  (Allow the students to share and go over the answers.)

Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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