Writing Task - Fossil Record (Earth Science, ESS2.B)

Writing Task - Fossil Record (Earth Science, ESS2.B)
Writing Task - Fossil Record (Earth Science, ESS2.B)
Writing Task - Fossil Record (Earth Science, ESS2.B)
Writing Task - Fossil Record (Earth Science, ESS2.B)
Writing Task - Fossil Record (Earth Science, ESS2.B)
Writing Task - Fossil Record (Earth Science, ESS2.B)
Writing Task - Fossil Record (Earth Science, ESS2.B)
Writing Task - Fossil Record (Earth Science, ESS2.B)
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In this expository writing lesson, students develop and justify a claim about the discovery of whale fossils in a Chilean desert. The writing prompt, informational texts and text-dependent questions are modeled after a Research Simulation Task (RST) on the PARCC exam.

The lesson begins with students gathering evidence from a video by the U.S. Department of the Interior and an article from The Guardian. The sources describe the discovery of marine fossils in desert areas and how fossils provide evidence for inferences about Earth's past. After students have conducted research and reviewed both sources, students synthesize the information to create a claim, identify the reasons that support their claim and the evidence from the video and text that supports those reasons. This information is compiled in an easy to use graphic organizer. Finally, students produce an essay to explain their ideas.

The multi-day lesson would be a great addition to any ELA, earth science, or life science class. The assignment meets Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) writing requirements.

This product includes

♦ Detailed teacher notes

♦ Student activity packet with a video guide, annotation key, and graphic organizers

♦ Embedded links to quality background research video clips and an article

♦ Easy-to-use grading rubric and answer key

Materials needed for each student:

♦ A copy of the student activity packet

♦ A copy of the background research article or a device to read on

Materials needed for the class:

♦ A computer with internet access and projector to display the video clip

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Total Pages
11 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
3 hours
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