In this expository writing lesson, students develop and justify a claim the dangers of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
The lesson begins with students gathering evidence from an article from the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Then students view videos from TED-Ed video and NPR. A video guide and annotation key are included. The sources describe microorganisms in our environment, how superbugs evolve, and the steps people can take to reduce the threat antibiotic resistant bacteria pose to our communities.
After students have conducted research and reviewed both sources, students create a claim to answer the focusing question, identify the strongest pieces of evidence to support their claim, and describe their reasoning that connects the evidence to the claim. This information is compiled in an easy-to-use graphic organizer.
Finally, students expand on their ideas by creating an outline and produce their essay.
The multi-day lesson would be a great addition to any ELA, Life Science, or Biology class.
The writing prompt, informational texts and text-dependent questions are modeled after a Research Simulation Task (RST) on the PARCC exam and incorporate the CER writing strategy. It is aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), including CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), including the Science and Engineering Practices.
The download includes the student worksheet and links to the video, text, and PARCC rubric.
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