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Discovering the Genesee

School: Genesee Community Charter School

City/State: Rochester, NY

Grade(s): 3

Format(s): Field guide: Natural science

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Science and Technology, Visual Arts

Type(s): Informative/Explanatory

Writing Assignment Description

Third grade students at the Genesee Community Charter School in Rochester, New York created a natural and cultural field guide as part of a learning expedition on local history. Each student created a two-page entry for the book, containing written information, biographical information on the author, and photography and/or hand-drawn artwork.

How This Writing Can Be Useful

  • Excellent example of in-depth fieldwork
  • Models a new type of field guide: a mixture of cultural and natural history content
  • Illustrates complex content knowledge and exemplary writing skills

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can write an informative/explanatory text.
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