Writing and Editing a Research Report
- Grade level: Middle School, High School
- Subject Area: Language Arts
Students write and peer edit research reports on global warming and the Greenhouse Effect.
- Practice writing skills through the process of writing and revising their reports.
- Synthesize their understanding of the concepts of global warming.
- Give parents and community members the opportunity to view and share students' work.
Materials and Resources
In developing our lessons and activities, we made some assumptions about the hardware and software that would be available in the classroom for teachers who visit the LETSNet Website. We assume that teachers using our Internet-based lessons or activities have a computer (PC or Macintosh) with the necessary hardware components (mouse, keyboard, and monitor) as well as software (operating system, TCP/IP software, networking or dial-up software, e-mail and a World Wide Web client program, preferably Netscape, but perhaps Mosaic or Lynx). In the section below, we specify any "special" hardware or software requirements for a lesson or activity (in addition to those described above) and the level of Internet access required to do the activity.
- Special hardware requirements: None.
- Special software requirements: None.
- Internet access: None.
- Students create rough drafts of their global warming reports. These reports should include data gathered from the Internet such as what scientific evidence there is for global warming, how global warming might affect human beings, what can be done to prevent future global warming, and to what extent the Greenhouse Effect may be influencing our weather. Students can include graphical images of the visualizations they created as part of their research in their final reports.
- Students pair up to peer-edit each other's drafts prior to teacher editing.
- Students create final drafts, incorporating comments from their peer-editor and teacher.
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