Grade 12 ELA, Making Evidence-Based Claims Unit: Ronald Reagan, Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton giving speach

Making Evidence-Based Claims ELA/Literacy Units empower students with a critical reading and writing skill at the heart of the Common Core: making evidence-based claims about complex texts. These units are part of the Developing Core Proficiencies Curriculum.

This unit develops students’ abilities to make evidence-based claims through activities based on a close reading of President Ronald Reagan’s First Inaugural Address and Secretary Hillary Clinton’s 2011 APEC Address.

Unit Components
The unit components are divided into separate PDF files for ease of use. The files may be downloaded individually or in a single zip file.


EBC Unit Plan – G12
EBC Unit Text – G12 – Reagan
EBC Unit Text – G12 – Clinton

EBC Criteria Checklist I – G11-12
EBC Criteria Checklist II – G11-12
Forming EBC Handout
TCD Checklist
Writing EBC Handout – Clinton
Evidence-Based Writing Rubric

Forming EBC Model – Reagan
Making EBC Models (1) – Reagan
Making EBC Models (2) – Reagan
Organizing EBC Models – Clinton
Written EBC Model (1) – Clinton
Written EBC Model (2) – Clinton


Forming EBC
Making EBC
Organizing EBC (2 Pts)
Organizing EBC (3 Pts)
Written EBC

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Zip File: This file contains ALL unit components pre-organized into folders:
Making Evidence-Based Claims Unit – Zip File of All Documents

Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.11-12.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as...
RI.11-12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the...
RI.11-12.3 Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas,...