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Ready to explore an example of an informational module? Visit this bank of teacher-created, sample LDC tasks, designed to develop students' skills in informational writing across subject areas.
Energy Transfer
Lesson: Literacy Module
All parts of matter have kinetic energy. The kinetic energy of the particles can change speed, resulting in phase change. The three states of matter on Earth are solid, liquid, and gas. During this module, 8th grade science students read texts on states of matter, kinetic energy, and particles and write an informational essay using Template Task 11 that explains the motion of the particles through the states of matter.
Existentialism and Kafka
Lesson: Literacy Module
*EXEMPLAR MODULE* In this English literacy module, sophomore students conduct research on the existentialist movement in literature. Students read Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and determine if Kafka’s work reflects existential ideas. After researching essays and articles on existentialism, students write an essay answering Template Task 11 that defines existentialism and explains its impact on Kafka’s work.
What Are the Causes and Effects of Noise Pollution?
Lesson: Literacy Module
This 8th grade physical science module is structured around students’ background knowledge of the characteristics of mechanical longitudinal waves, including amplitude (decibels), frequency (hertz), compressions, rarefactions, pitch, loudness, wavelength, and speed. Here, students apply their knowledge to noise pollution and the effects it has on marine animals. They read articles about noise pollution and, using Task Template 24, construct an essay to determine if government regulations are needed to deter future noise pollution.
The Laws of Conservation and Photosynthesis
Lesson: Literacy Module
The laws of conservation of matter and conservation of energy are demonstrable through an examination of the photosynthetic process. This informational module affords 8th grade physical science students the opportunity to examine the relationship between matter and energy as evidenced by transformations that take place during photosynthesis. The student work will lead to a deeper understanding of the laws of conservation drawn from students' previous knowledge of a biological process. After researching texts on photosynthesis, the law of conservation of matter, and the law of conservation of energy, students will answer Template Task 13 by writing an informational essay that describes how the photosynthetic process can be used to demonstrate both the law of conservation of matter and the law of conservation of energy.
The Effect Algal Blooms Have on Marine Ecosystems
Lesson: Literacy Module
Population balance in marine ecosystems is crucial to sustaining a healthy system. The results of human activities, such as fertilizer run-off from nearby farmlands into the Mississippi River, can impact energy webs by offsetting predator-prey relationships. Seventh grade life science students are required to use scientific articles to research the cause and effect of algal blooms off the coast of the U.S. and write a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to inform the agency of the problem as well as suggest possible solutions. This informational module poses the project scenario to students by using Template Task 25.
Courage in Part One: To Kill A Mockingbird
Lesson: Literacy Module
Targeted for 9th and 10th graders, this literacy informational module uses Template Task 12 to focus on the definition of “courage” in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Many characters in the story display courage and as the novel progresses, these acts of courage increase in significance and scope. As they read, students generate a definition of “courage” as seen through the eyes of Harper Lee. Students also draw conclusions about Harper Lee's views on courage based upon the novel’s characters and events.
Diseases in Livestock
Lesson: Literacy Module
Based on a real-world scenario, this module asks high school students in a career and technical education class to create an informational pamphlet for farmers and ranchers on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of livestock diseases, including bovine trichomoniasis.
Using Classification to Investigate Living Organisms
Lesson: Literacy Module
Students will be able to investigate the diversity of living organisms and how they can be compared scientifically. They will recognize the organisms' characteristics and classify them into specific domains and kingdoms based upon the physical characteristics they observe.
Career Exploration Wrap Up: Informational
Lesson: Literacy Module
Career and technical education students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades use an interactive online career assessment tool to narrow down potential career possibilities. Students write an informational essay that describes their desired career and the education needed to find a position in that field. Students answer Template Task 13 by supporting their response with evidence from their research.
Biodiversity
Lesson: Literacy Module
Earth is rich with an amazing variety of life. Is it important to preserve this biodiversity? This introductory writing assignment for a life science class focuses on introducing 7th grade students to the concept and importance of biodiversity. After reading articles on biodiversity, students write a report that defines “biodiversity” and explain its importance by following Template Task 11.

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