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School: Genesee Community Charter School

City/State: Rochester, NY

Grade(s): 3

Format(s): Book: Nonfiction/Informational

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

Type(s): Informative/Explanatory

Writing Assignment Description

This book was written  as part of a three-month learning expedition on astronomy. It was written to help introduce other students to these topics.
In this culminating product, students brainstormed questions they had about astronomy – ones that deeply interested them. Students researched the answers to their own questions and then shared their answers via both text and illustrations. 

How This Writing Can Be Useful

  • Answers complex questions with clarity and accurate scientific information
  • Compelling illustrations help clarify the text, and are clearly the freehand work of a child – the fact that they are not traced, done with circle templates or cleaned up by adults adds their charm and power
  • Models the importance of good questions - students’ questions are very thoughtful. For example, “What kid of rock is the moon made of?” and “How do astronomers know what they know?” and “Why don’t we feel the earth spinning?”

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

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