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Leaving Traces

School: Genesee Community Charter School

City/State: Rochester, NY

Grade(s): 4

Format(s): Magazine: Science

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

Type(s): Informative/Explanatory

Writing Assignment Description

Fourth grade students from the Genesee Community Charter School in Rochester, New York, created a scientific magazine as part of a learning expedition on Early Man. They modeled the magazine after the National Geographical student magazine, Ranger Rick, and other similar magazines. The writing is historically and scientifically accurate, but retains original student voice.

How This Writing Can Be Useful

  • Highlights an engaging format designed to appeal to younger students
  • Illustrates how a magazine format can be used to allow students to write in the form of articles for an authentic audience
  • Includes illustrations and sidebars to support main text

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can write informative/explanatory texts that convey ideas and information clearly.
  • I can choose evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection and research.
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