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Einstein Adds a New Dimension
Age 12-14: Concept 1 - Semester 1: Unit 3

In this unit, you will learn about Albert Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity as well as other important scientific discoveries. At the same time, you will read about expository writing -- writing that explains or informs -- and the unit begins by introducing the features of expository writing and how they differ from narrative writing. You will also learn about several sub-genres of expository writing, such as process writing, comparison and contrast writing, and cause and effect writing. This unit will also teach you how to strengthen your writing by explaining how to conduct research and find credible sources, how to avoid plagiarism, and how to properly credit your sources on a Works Cited page.

This unit's final project asks you to construct an expository research paper based on a concept or figure from The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a Dimension.
by Karen Brown, M.A.
 
by Karen Brown, M.A.
 

Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at an 8th or 9th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Can write a five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the seventh or eighth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Expository Writing
  • Lesson 2: Descriptive Writing
  • Lesson 3: The Curies' Discoveries
  • Lesson 4: Process Writing
  • Lesson 5: Envisioning Fission
  • Lesson 6: Cause and Effect Writing
  • Lesson 7: Relativity
  • Lesson 8: Comparison and Contrast Writing
  • Lesson 9: Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Lesson 10: Problem and Solution Writing
  • Lesson 11: Citing Sources
  • Final Project: Research Paper (4 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to an understanding of the topic. (Language Arts)
  • By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently. (Language Arts)
  • Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts. (Language Arts)
  • Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration. (Language Arts)
  • Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions. (Language Arts)
  • Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics. (Language Arts)
  • Determine, locate, and explore the full range of relevant sources addressing a research question and systematically record the information gathered. (Language Arts)
  • Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples. (Language Arts)
  • Differentiate between paraphrasing and plagiarism and identify the importance of using valid and reliable sources. (Language Arts)
  • Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text. (Language Arts)
  • Establish and maintain a formal style. (Language Arts)
  • Gather relevant information from a wide variety of print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source. (Language Arts)
  • Gather relevant information from a wide variety of print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation. (Language Arts)
  • Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table). (Language Arts)
  • Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories. (Language Arts)
  • Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. (Language Arts)
  • Produce final drafts/presentations that demonstrate accurate spelling and the correct use of punctuation, capitalization, and format. (Language Arts)
  • Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented. (Language Arts)
  • Quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation. (Language Arts)
  • Record bibliographic information (e.g., author, title, page number) for all notes and sources according to a standard format. (Language Arts)
  • Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts. (Language Arts)
  • Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain a topic. (Language Arts)
  • Utilize elements that demonstrate the reliability and validity of the sources used (e.g., publication date, coverage, language, point of view) and explain why one source is more useful and relevant than another. (Language Arts)
  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. (Language Arts)
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