Discipline: Science

Grade Level: 7

Course: Life Science

©Literacy Design Collaborative. September 2011

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The Effect Algal Blooms Have on Marine Ecosystems
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  • Informational Assessment Rubric
    • Meets Expectations

      Focus

      Addresses the prompt and stays on task; provides a generally convincing response.

      Reading/Research

      Demonstrates generally effective use of reading material to develop an argument.

      Controlling Idea

      Establishes a credible claim, and supports an argument that is logical and generally convincing.

      Development

      Develops reasoning to support claim; provides evidence from text in the form of examples or explanations relevant to the argument.

      Organization

      Applies an appropriate text structure to address specific requirements of the prompt.

      Conventions

      Demonstrates a command of standard English conventions and cohesion; employs language and tone appropriate to audience and purpose.

      Not Yet

      Focus

      Attempts to address prompt but lacks focus or is off- task.

      Reading/Research

      Demonstrates weak use of reading material to develop argument.

      Controlling Idea

      Establishes a claim and attempts to support an argument but is not convincing.

      Development

      Reasoning is not clear; examples or explanations are weak or irrelevant.

      Organization

      Provides an ineffective structure; composition does not address requirements of the prompt.

      Conventions

      Demonstrates a weak command of standard English conventions; lacks cohesion; language and tone are not appropriate to audience and purpose.

  • Teacher Work Section
    • Here are added thoughts about teaching this module:

      Teacher Tip: I would highly suggest doing the “Dead in the Water” lab along with the research to provide evidence in the classroom of the effects fertilizer has on pond ecosystems. Students should use their observations when constructing a strong letter to the EPA.

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