Reflection: Checks for Understanding Why are Bees Important to Agriculture? Composing a Scientific Argument - Section 4: Quick Share


I didn't use a rubric this time for students to follow because I was monitoring their work and editing it in Google Docs as they wrote. I taught this with lots of support with the goal that a good thesis would be written. I chose not to use a rubric this time since it was their first attempt at scientific research writing using a thesis statement. 

To develop a rubric in the future I would include the basic contents of a four point scale, including all of the mechanics, spelling, sentence structure and organizational rades. But, at the top, would be included a section on strength levels and placement of the thesis. When I make rubrics, I often use Rubistar 4 Teachers..

This time, I got great results with supporting each student as they wrote. Next time, a rubric will be used in a research essay about whether they believe a platypus is really a mammal.

These are some samples from three students. 

  No Rubric This Time!
  Checks for Understanding: No Rubric This Time!
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Why are Bees Important to Agriculture? Composing a Scientific Argument

Unit 6: Plants: Structures and Processes
Lesson 2 of 14

Objective: Students write a scientific argument using specialized external structures as supportive evidence in the process.

Big Idea: This cross curricular writing lesson helps students take their research information about bees and connect it to agriculture.

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Science, plants, Processes (Construction), agriculture, bees, Constructing a written argument., Pollini, structures
  85 minutes
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