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Panda Classification Comic Strip

School: Capital City Public Charter School

City/State: Washington, DC

Grade(s): 7

Format(s): Comic book/graphic novel

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

Type(s): Argument/Opinion, Informative/Explanatory

Writing Assignment Description

Students investigated similarities among organisms in their physical features, as well as characteristics at the cellular level. Based on what they learned about DNA, students had to explain if the giant panda was a closer relative to bears or to raccoons by creating a comic strip.

How This Writing Can Be Useful

  • Captivating use of the comic strip format to support a claim
  • The explanation of the learning target that accompanies this piece reveals the author's intent and purpose in creating this comic strip
  • Comic strip texts embeds accurate, scientific information using the creative setting of a animal courtroom to engage the reader

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
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