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End of Year Science Persuasive Writing Activity

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This low prep, print-and-go end of year writing activity is a fun and engaging way for students to demonstrate what they learned in their Science class this year. A Google Drive version is also included. Students to pretend to be alien scientists who have to write letters to the government on their home planet about the most important scientific ideas they encountered while secretly observing humans on Earth.

Newly added on 3/26/20: A Google Drive version of the student pages!

You can use this resource remotely in 2 ways:

a) When teaching synchronously or asynchronously online, use the Google Drive version. If you are using a platform that allows you and your students to talk with each other in real time, you can have your students do the optional speaking activity — students can prepare their presentation at home and then deliver it to the class when everyone is online.

b) For students to do on their own: Photocopy the student pages (without or without the RAFTS, Objectives, and Checklist pages) and send the material home. Alternatively, if students have printers, email the pages to them and tell them to print the work out themselves. Tell students what to do and have them email/send you their work when they’ve completed it. Use the included evaluation checklist to correct students’ work. To do the optional speaking activity, students can prepare their presentation at home, then they can record themselves using any presentation program or app that allows them to do that. Students can post their presentations on a class website if it’s set up for that or email their presentations to you.

For this activity, students choose the 2 scientific ideas or concepts they learned about which they think are the most important. Then they give reasons to justify their choices. The writing prompt is appropriate for both your English Language Learners and your native English-speaking students.

This resource includes a writing prompt in RAFTS (Role, Audience, Format, Topic, Strong Verb) format, graphic organizers for note-taking and pre-writing, a model of a friendly letter, a checklist for assessing the final product, and pages for writing the first draft and final copies. The writing prompt pages come in 3 versions: without clipart, with clipart in color, and with clipart in grayscale.

This activity can be done in class or for homework; if done entirely in class, it will take 3 - 4 periods, depending on how much time is allocated for note-taking, pre-writing and revising. Directions for an optional oral presentation component are also included, if you would like to give your students practice in giving speeches.

Pages with lesson objectives, a list of ELA Common Core standards addressed, and a sample WIDA Model Performance Indicator are also provided for your convenience.

What educators who have used this resource say about it:

♥ "Great end of year review." -- Kimberly B.

♥ "My students enjoyed this." -- Megan C.

This culminating activity enables students to review what they have learned over the past year about scientific concepts and ideas in a fun way!

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What you get in this product:

In the PDF File:

★ Cover (1 page)

★ A table of contents for quick reference (1 page)

★ A Notes to the Teacher section with explanatory information (2 pages)

★ A page listing the ELA Common Core standards addressed (1 page)

★ Directions for accessing the Google Drive materials (1 page)

★ Lesson objectives (1 page)

★ RAFTS pages, in color and black-and-white (1 page each for a total of 2 pages)

★ Directions for students, in color and black-and-white (1 page each for a total of 2 pages)

★ The writing prompt, in 3 versions: with color clipart, with black-and-white clipart, without clipart (1 page each for a total of 3 pages)

★ A graphic organizer for listing the scientific ideas students learned about during the school year (2 pages)

★ A graphic organizer for students to write more information about their choice of most important scientific idea of the year (1 page)

★ A graphic organizer for students to list the reasons their idea is the most important, as well as space for writing about the second most important scientific idea of the year (2 pages)

★ A pre-writing organizer for students to put in paragraph form the reasons the scientific idea they selected is the most important one (2 pages)

★ A model of a friendly letter (1 page)

★ A lined page with a border for writing the first draft (1 page)

★ A blank page with a border for writing the first draft (1 page)

★ A lined page with a border for writing the final copy (1 page)

★ A blank page with a border for writing the final copy (1 page)

★ A checklist to assess the final product (1 page)

★ Copyright, social media and credits information (1 page)

In the Google Drive Materials:

★ Cover (1 slide)

★ RAFTS slide (1 slide)

★ Directions for students (1 slide)

★ The writing prompt (1slide)

★ A graphic organizer for listing the scientific ideas students learned about during the school year (2 slides)

★ A graphic organizer for students to write more information about their choice of most important scientific idea of the year (1 slide)

★ A graphic organizer for students to list the reasons their idea is the most important, as well as space for writing about the second most important scientific idea of the year (2 slides)

★ A pre-writing organizer for students to put in paragraph form the reasons the scientific idea they selected is the most important one (2 slides)

★ A model of a friendly letter (1 slide)

★ A slide for writing the first draft (1 slide)

★ A slide for writing the final copy (1 slide)

★ A checklist to assess the final product (1 slide)

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Common Core Standards © Copyright 2010. National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved. Any claims of correlation or alignment to the CCSS Standards or WIDA ELD standards are solely those of The ESL Nexus and have not been evaluated or endorsed by the NGA. The ESL Nexus is the sole creator of this product and does not claim endorsement or association with the creators of the CCSS or WIDA standards.

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Total Pages
28 PDF Pages & 15 Google Slides
Answer Key
Rubric only
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

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