Chemistry and Conflict: Carbon
School: High Tech High School
City/State: San Diego, CA
Subject(s): English Language Arts, Science and Technology, Visual Arts
Writing Assignment Description
Tenth grade students at High Tech High in San Diego, California created this book as the final product from a cross-disciplinary project combining chemistry and history. Students worked in pairs and researched the relationship between a chemical element or compound to both a historical and contemporary conflict. After conducting extensive research, the students wrote a research paper. Each paper includes the discovery of the chemical element or compound, chemical properties, the historical conflict, contemporary conflict and a proposed solution.
Students also went through a critique process with a student-run editorial board approving each work before the teacher provided feedback.
How This Writing Can Be Useful
- Illustrates combination of chemistry, history, and fine art
- Highlights an engaging means to explore history and science topics through the connection of contemporary issues
- Models quality research to support informative writing with a creative format
Common Core State Standards
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