Dueling Scientists: A Reading Approach

By Steven Darby - March 20, 2024

Dueling scientist passages can be time-consuming, but a strategic reading approach can make them more manageable. In this blog post, we'll explore how to treat these passages like traditional reading passages while increasing annotation. Learn how to help your child identify similarities and differences between scientists' viewpoints effectively.

Dueling scientist passages often present conflicting viewpoints from two or more scientists, making them one of the more challenging passage types. However, with a strategic approach, your child can tackle them effectively.

Here's a reading-focused approach to dueling scientist passages:

  • Read Carefully: Encourage your child to read the passage carefully, just like a traditional reading passage. The goal is to understand the scientists' viewpoints and arguments.

  • Annotate for Similarities and Differences: Have your child annotate the passage to mark similarities and differences between the scientists' viewpoints. Use symbols like a checkmark for agreements and an "X" for disagreements.

  • Identify Conclusions: In dueling scientist passages, the last sentence of each "scientist" typically contains their conclusion or main idea. Make sure your child annotates these sentences as they often hold the key to understanding the passage.

By following this approach, your child can effectively navigate dueling scientist passages and respond to questions accurately.

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