Cluster 2: Production and Distribution of Writing

General Information
Number: LAFS.910.WHST.2
Title: Production and Distribution of Writing
Type: Cluster
Subject: English Language Arts
Grade: 910
Strand: Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

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3D Modeling

Carrying Cargo - 3D Boat Design and Modeling:

This  model-eliciting activity (MEA) will help students tackle real-world problems as they balance constraints with finding the optimal design, all while overcoming unforeseen circumstances that may change the procedure students use to determine the best solution. In the end, students are challenged to design and test their own boats, using Tinkercad to model a 3D-printable boat.

Type: 3D Modeling

Lesson Plans

Unlocking the Playwright Within: Statues:

The students will explore playwriting that encourages creative risk-taking. Throughout the unit, students learn to develop ideas for writing plays.

Type: Lesson Plan

Diabetes: More Than Just Sugar:

This diabetes MEA provides students with the opportunity to investigate finding affordable health coverage, a problem common to many people living with diabetes. Students must rank doctors based on certain costs and the specific services they provide. The main focus of this MEA is to determine the best doctors to go to for diabetic care and treatment, weighing factors such as insurance, cost, doctor visits, location, patient ratings, number of years in business, diet, exercise, weight management, stress management, network participation, and support groups.

Type: Lesson Plan

NASA Space Shuttle Mission Patches:

Students apply geometric measures and methods, art knowledge, contextual information, and utilize clear and coherent writing to analyze NASA space shuttle mission patches from both a mathematical design and visual arts perspective.

Type: Lesson Plan

Macromolecule Snack Attack:

In this MEA, students will be introduced to the four biological macromolecules through common snack foods found in vending machines. They will act as dietitians selecting and ranking snack foods based on given their nutrition labels and knowledge of the structure and function of the four biological macromolecules.

Type: Lesson Plan

Interchangeable Wristwatch Band:

Students use measures and properties of rectangular prisms and cylinders to model and rank 3D printable designs of interchangeable wristwatch bands that satisfy physical constraints.

Type: Lesson Plan

Manufacturing Designer Gear T-Shirts:

In this Algebra 1 MEA, students will solve systems of equations from data given in a table. Students will find the break-even point and rank the t-shirt manufacturing companies from best to worst.

Type: Lesson Plan

How Fast Do Objects Fall?:

Students will investigate falling objects with very low air friction.

Type: Lesson Plan

How to be a Molecular Biologist the Easy Way:

This lesson plan details the ethical concepts of biotechnology and allows students to explore basic concepts of manipulating and analyzing DNA in a classroom setting. The lesson takes the students through a discussion of controversial topics related to molecular biology and biotechnology, DNA isolation, restriction digestion of DNA, gel electrophoresis, and DNA cloning.

Type: Lesson Plan

MAP Gas Study:

This MEA presents data on modified atmospheric packaging (MAP) gas mixtures. Students are given standard data and asked to apply it to a new product.

Type: Lesson Plan

Designing an Ecosystem:

In this lesson students will design a completely imaginary ecosystem that is comprised of producers, consumers, secondary consumers, and decomposers. Students will design the ecosystem by determining the location of the ecosystem and the biotic and abiotic factors in the ecosystem. The students will also include the number of organisms at each trophic level, and any adaptations the organisms must have to live in their ecosystem.

Type: Lesson Plan

Camouflage in the Ocean:

In this lesson, students will complete two mini-labs to explore how colors change as you descend in an aquatic environment. Based on their observations they are challenged to design a camouflage pattern which could be used below the upper, sun-lit portions of the ocean, AND defend their design decisions in written form.

Type: Lesson Plan

Environmental Awareness: How are Humans Impacting the Environment & What Can We Do to Help?:

In this lesson, students will examine different ways that humans are impacting ecosystems, particularly that of marine ecosystems. Links to texts on ocean pollution, oil spills, and a recent molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor are provided. Graphic organizers for students and possible answer keys to assist teachers have been included for the first two articles. Later in the lesson, students will conduct a Jigsaw activity as they learn about different ways they can help protect the environment. The summative assessment will have students conducting an explanatory writing task that will require them to synthesize what they have learned throughout the lesson. A structured rubric for grading is included. Links to additional articles on environmental topics, links to collections of articles, and ideas for extensions to the lesson are also provided.

Type: Lesson Plan

Professional Development

Branching Out: Growing Literacy Skills in Writing:

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By the end of this module, teachers should be able to:

  • Label the College and Career Readiness, also known as CCR, anchor standards for Writing
  • Explain the structure and organization of the grade-specific Writing standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects
  • Use the grade-specific Writing standards to identify what students should know and be able to do

This is Module 2 of 4 in the series, "Literacy across the Content Areas: Reading and Writing to Build Content Knowledge."

Type: Professional Development

Unit/Lesson Sequences

Nationalism, Colonialism, and The Cold War:

This web resource provides a full teaching unit in PDF format designed to help students understand shifts in world politics during the second half of the twentieth century. Through an examination of primary and secondary source documents, students will work to gain awareness of the process that led to the creation of more than fifty independent sovereign states. Students will analyze the influence that the Soviet Union and the United States held over new states during the Cold War. The unit's summative assessment asks students to present research findings explaining the specific contexts of one newly-independent African state and one newly-independent Southeast Asian state.

Type: Unit/Lesson Sequence

Close Reading Exemplar: The Gettysburg Address:

This unit exemplar from Student Achievement Partner web resources has been developed to guide students and instructors in a close reading of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The activities and actions follow a carefully developed set of steps that assist students in increasing their familiarity and understanding of Lincoln's speech through a series of text dependent tasks and questions that ultimately develop college and career ready skills identified in the Florida State Standards. This unit can be broken down into three sections of instruction and reflection on the part of students and their teachers, which is followed by additional activities, some designed for history/social studies and some for ELA classrooms.

Type: Unit/Lesson Sequence

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