A halloween-themed writing assignment focusing on the 8 characteristics of living things. It is great to use as an assessment after students have already been taught what it means to be considered a "living" thing. The lesson requires that students be shown Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video in class. Option 1 asks students to use evidence from the video to describe what characteristics of life the zombies do (or do not) have. Option 2 asks students to take on the role of Igor (Dr. Frankenstein's assistant) to offer his advice on how to improve the monster. A third option is included for those students who would like to take a less "scary" approach. Option 3 asks students to justify whether or not worker bees should be considered living. Requirements for the paper are included as well but of course they can be modified as needed. I also know that different textbooks sometimes list slightly different characteristics of life, but the assignment is easily modifiable to fit any number. A rubric is included on page 2 of the handout.
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