This packet begins with an earthquake activity to help determine the factors that affect earthquake damage. It goes through the components of the scientific method. The activity is designed to answer the question "What kind of building design would be most effective in limiting the amount of damage that an earthquake causes?" Following this activity is the guideline for a five paragraph essay. When I do this with my classes, I change it slightly by requiring them to color specific details in the essay a specific color. For example, the "hook" must be typed in green. The thesis statement in orange. Each topic sentence must be red, etc. This helps me to easily and quickly make sure all of the necessry components of the essay are complete. Enjoy!
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