Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Vitamins - Section 3: Closing


One extension activity that I use on this assignment is to turn the vitamin compare and contrast chart into a full length paper on vitamins. To do so, I provide students with a graphic organizer to help them plan their writing. I ask the students to create one paragraph for each of the vitamins we studied. In the paragraph, I ask students to include the foods where the vitamin is found, the health benefits of consuming the vitamin, and the health consequences if the body does not get enough of the vitamin. I ask students to compose an introductory paragraph explaining what vitamins are and how they help the human body. I ask students to conclude their paper with a paragraph on how they could include a variety of vitamins in their diet. 

This extension activity serves as a formative assessment of each student's understanding of vitamins and the human body. This activity also allows me to address additional Common Core standards for writing (W.4.2a-e). 

Samples of two students' completed papers on vitamins can be found here and here.

  Writing Across the Disciplines: Extending this Assignment with Writing
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Unit 7: Food Chemistry
Lesson 8 of 11

Objective: SWBAT identify the benefits people experience from ingesting vitamins A, B1, C, and D.

Big Idea: Each vitamin can be found in certain foods. Each vitamin confers specific health benefits.

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