My students need the book, The Most Beautiful Roof in the World: Exploring the Rainforest Canopy to build their knowledge of the biodiversity within rainforests through carefully analyzing scientific and technical text.
My students are motivated learners from a an inner city public school. They are a diverse group with multi facetted interests. Their goals are simple but rigorous and include mastery of literacy and science standards.
The vision and mission of our charter school is to provide our students with the tools to become intellectually, socially and physically healthy life long learners.
The dream of attending a high school of choice that will provide opportunities for a well rounded education and the chance to develop a successful adult life is always a driving dream.
Well rounded readers must be able to read closely and analyze both literature and informational text. Often my learners are disengaged with the text because they must access it through projection or share with a group. Students should be immersed in the text by holding it in their hands and having opportunities to read and reread in order to support understanding of the complexity of themes and connections.
Lasky's beautifully illustrated informational text will open the doors to the rainforest in the natural world through the lense of scientists.
Students will analyze the structure and function of field guides and field journals, determining what quality field guides and field journals look, and sound like. The text becomes the basis for student research of a living thing of their choice where clear and effective word choice creates their own field report.
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