Current events mrs hawthorne s stem science class

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Current Events in STEM

Choose a current article related to STEM or Grade Level Project from a newspaper, magazine, or the Internet (up to one year old). Answer each section below in complete sentences. All article write-ups must be typed or hand written neatly. Format: 12 pt.- size font, times new roman or Arial font. Attach the original article or printout of the article to the back of this assignment. Each of your current events section needs to be completed and turned in on the day they are due. If you current event is late, your grade will decrease by a letter grade. Current events more than 2 weeks late will not be accepted.

|ARTICLE CITATION: Name of article, publication, author, publication date |

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|PREDICT: Predict what the article will be about before reading it. |

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|What is the general area of Science/topic related to this article? (Solar System, Universe, Earth/Moon/Sun System, Space, Space Technology, Earth's structures, |

|earth's history, weathering, erosion, deposition, landforms, human impact on Earth, Energy in the Earth System, weather, and climate) |

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|PRIOR KNOWLEDGE What did you already know about this general area of Science/topic? |

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|WHO was in involved and/or who will it affect? |

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|WHAT has been done or discovered or HOW was it done or how will it be done? |

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|WHEN did it take place or when will it happen? |

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|WHERE did it take place? |

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|QUOTE: Select a quote from the article that best states what is important to know about this news.  |

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|SUMMARIZE: In your own words, use complete sentences to give the main idea of your article. |

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|DETERMINE: Choose 2 unfamiliar words from the article. Write the word, part of speech, and the definition of the word as it is used in the article. The words must be |

|circled in your article. |

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|2. _________________________ |

|CONNECTION: Why is this news important? How is this information useful? Who is likely to feel the impact of this news? What difference does it make?)  Why did you |

|choose this article? Why was there a need for this research? |

|Does this article directly affect you? Explain how. |

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|CRITIQUE: What is your personal reaction to this news? Describe your reaction to this article (Pros and Cons). How does the new information change your understanding |

|of this topic? Discuss the facts and opinions of those that are for or against the topic. |

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|STEM Current Events Rubric |

|Points |1 |2 |3 |4 |Points Earned |

|Citation and |More than 6 items are |4-6 of the items |1-3 of the items to the |Copy of article attached, | |

|Organization |missing. |to the right are |right are |name of article, author, | |

| | |missing. |missing. |publication and date | |

| | | | |provided, Article is no | |

| | | | |older than one (1) year | |

| | | | |old; 2 vocabulary words | |

| | | | |with definitions and parts| |

| | | | |of speech. | |

|Summary |Summary does not present |Summary |Summary is |Summary is written in your| |

| |main idea; many details |attempted; at least 2 |written in your |own words; all 4 elements | |

| |are missing. There is |elements are noted with |own words; at least 3 |are noted and is concise | |

| |little sense that the |some |elements are noted with |and complete; all major | |

| |writing is organized |details present, but not |most details present, |details or points are | |

| | |in a logical order, and |logical order and |present and in a | |

| | |this |accurate. |logical order. | |

| | |distracts the reader. | | | |

|Critique |Your opinion about the |Your opinion about the |Your opinion about the |Your opinion about the | |

| |content of the article is |content of the article is |content of the article is|content of the article is| |

| |vaguely expressed. No |expressed in at least 2 |somewhat expressed in at |clearly expressed in at | |

| |Examples were used. |sentences. No Examples |least 3 sentences. No |least 4 sentences. | |

| | |were used |Examples were used |Examples from the article | |

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| | | | |opinion. | |

|CUPS |Written work |Written work |Written work |Written work | |

| |contains seven or more |contains four to six |contains three or |contains no errors | |

|Capitalization, |and/or |errors and/or |less errors and/or |and/or omissions; | |

|usage, |omissions; Reader is |omissions; some |omissions; |Complex and | |

|punctuation, |distracted |incomplete |Complete sentence |complete sentence | |

|spelling |from the meaning |sentence structure |structure |structure | |

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|Scoring & Extra Credit |This grade sheet is attached (deduct 3 points if not attached) | |

| |Assignment is typed (2 extra points) | |

| |Article is about a topic in science that has been discussed so far this school year (2 extra points) | |

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