Understanding Details and Evidence Worksheets
Related ELA Standard: W.4.9.B
When students are asked to justify their thoughts and ascertains with evidence many times they confuse this with just using basic details from the text they are engulfed with. In any body of work there often many different stated details, but very few pieces of evidence. The best thing to do when searching for evidence in a text is to circle all facts that are completely indisputable. Once the facts are clearly identified, you have your selection of evidence to choose from. These worksheets will help you begin to understand the difference between a detail and fact.
Details and Evidence Worksheets To Print:
Drawing – Sometimes authors
expect some brain synapses to fire when you are reading their work.
Assertions – Let's make these words big, bolder, and just better.
Why the Dove is Timid – The author says that if the Indians are cowardly, then the spirit manito is angry. How does the author prove this point in the text?
Direct and Indirect Quotes – Read each sentence carefully. Write direct or indirect on the line. If it is a direct quote, add punctuation.
Drawing Conclusions – An author does not always tell us everything. Sometimes the author leaves out details on purpose.
Drawing Conclusions 2 – Read each sentence. What conclusion can you draw from the sentence? Explain your answer.
A Treasure Hunt – What evidence does the author provide that the third tree was big?
Research Carnival – Decide which resource if the best to use to answer each question. Spin the wheel!
An Old War Horse – When Captain says the sea voyage was "dreadful", is it an argument or an assertion? Explain your answer.
How to Identify Details and Evidence in an Authors Work?
It is very important to identify the details and evidence in an author's work. This is because they help in making information more credible that is provided by the author. Here are some types of details and evidence that can be spotted in an author's work easily:
One of the biggest ways to identify evidence in an author's work is to pay close attention to the formal arguments. No matter what the topic is, the main evidence and power lies in the formal argument. It makes the author's work more strong. It also adds to the credibility of the author's work. This is because the formal argument has gained authenticity and credibility itself. Formal arguments are the citations and references to the work of other authors. Formal arguments are used by the author to back up his or her own ideas. You can usually spot the formal arguments right after the author mentioned a unique idea.
Statistical evidence is the most important element of the author's work. This is because statistical evidence is almost always correct. It is considered the most credible source of information. It provides the reader with the exact numbers. Statistical evidence is also a strong element to back up the author's work. It helps in persuading the reader about a certain thing. It is used for persuasion because such information can be trusted. It is assumed to be authentic. Statistical evidence includes hard data, percentages, numbers, surveys, etc. Statistical evidence can be easily spotted in the article as they are represented as facts.
Anecdotal evidence is the use of story to prove one's point. Most authors use it as a type of evidence in their work. It can be based on experience and opinions.