This module is designed to address English Language Arts standards as students read informational texts about adolescent brain development. This ELA module is designed to expose students to informational text from various sources and encourage the interaction with texts through multiple modalities (e.g. books, articles, electronic, digital). However, this ELA module does not supplant the regular science curriculum and instructional program at the local level aligned to the NYS Learning Standards in Science for this grade level. The informational text in this module intentionally incorporates Science concepts and themes to support potential cross-standards connections to this compelling content. These intentional connections are described below.
NYS Learning Standards in Science:
Intermediate-Level Science Core Curriculum Guide Grades (5-8) http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/sci/documents/intersci.pdf
Standard 4: The Living Environment
Key Idea 1: Living Things are both similar to and different from each other and from nonliving things.
Performance Indicators 1.1; Major Understandings 1.1e, 1.1g, 1.1h
Performance Indicators 1.2; Major Understanding 1.2h
Key Idea 4: The continuity of life is sustained through reproduction and development.
Performance indicator 4.3 Major Understanding 4.3c
Big ideas and guiding questions are informed by the Next Generation Science Standards:
Science and Engineering Practices
The eight practices of science and engineering that the Framework identifies as essential for all students to learn and describes in detail are listed below:
8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information