The Story of A Carbon Atom
For this assignment, you will be writing a story about a carbon
atom and its role in an ecosystem. You will be writing this
book for a fifth through seventh graders studying life science.
Your story should be entertaining and engaging, and contain Quic kTime™ and a
decom pres sor
words understandable to 9 to 11 year olds. are needed to s ee this pic ture.
You will be working with two to three others on this book. The
work should be divided equally within the group. Your book
will have three main phases: researching and outlining; a rough
draft; and a final draft. You should plan to meet with Ms.
Bergman during lunch, after school or via email AT LEAST twice during this process. Failure to
do so will result in a lowered grade! (3 points per time missed!)
THIS ASSIGNMENT IS WORTH A TEST GRADE. A RUBRIC is attached.
Your book will need:
A Title and title page: Your title should be creative, relevant and spark interest for the reader.
Your title page should include a graphic of your title; the authors’ names; the illustrators’ names;
and the year.
Your story should successfully detail AT LEAST two processes the carbon atom travels
through, including photosynthesis and aerobic respiration. In addition, your story should
successfully detail one abiotic process that carbon undergoes. (See the Carbon Cycle!) Your story
should explain how respiration relates to photosynthesis as a complementary process.
Your story should successfully detail AT LEAST one relevant system in animals involved in
the intake or use of carbon (respiratory/circulatory or digestive).
Your story should successfully detail how plants intake carbon through their stomata as well as
the relevant anatomy of a leaf.
ALL FACTS PRESENTED SHOULD BE ACCURATE AND RELEVENT TO THE
Your story should show thoughtful research beyond class notes and the textbook. You should
utilize the internet, the SWW library and online resources, and the texts in Room 201 (Ms.
Bergman’s room) to complete this assignment. Your target should be using no fewer than TEN
different resources. You will need to provide a list of these resources in MLA formatting. Come
see me if you have problems with MLA citation. Projects without works cited pages can earn NO
MORE than a C- on the project!
Your story should have neat original illustrations. YOUR ILLUSTRATIONS MUST BE
ORIGINAL! These can be hand-drawn, computer-generated, collage, etc.
Your story should be neat, with correct spelling and grammar.
Your story should be creative without sacrificing focus on the subject matter.
CATEGORY 5 4 3 2/1/0
Title and Title Page Title is creative, sparks interest and is Title is related to the story and topic. Title is present, but does not No title. Title page has fewer than 3
related to the story and topic. Title page Title page has the title, author's name, appear to be related to the story of the required elements.
has a graphic or fancy lettering, has the illustrator's name, and the year. and topic. Title page has the 3
title, author's name, illustrator's name, of the 4 required elements.
and the year.
Respiration/ The story successfully details the The story successfully details the The story details both The story details only one process or
Photosynthesis processes of respiration and processes of respiration and respiration and photosynthesis. neither process.
photosynthesis and how they are photosynthesis and how they are
complementary processes. In addition, it complementary processes.
details one abiotic process that is part of
the carbon cycle.
Animal systems Story successfully details one relevant Story details one relevant system in Story attempts to detail one Story does not detail one relevant
system in animals involved in the intake animals involved in the intake of relevant system in animals system in animals involved in take
or use of carbon. carbon. involved in intake of carbon. of carbon.
Plant systems Story successfully details how plants Story successfully details how plants Story details how plants intake Story does not attempt to detail how
intake carbon through their stomata as intake carbon through their stomata. carbon through their stomata plants intake carbon through their
well as the relevant anatomy of a leaf. with limited success. stomata.
Research All facts presented in the story show Almost all facts presented in the story Most facts in the story show Many facts in the story indicate
thoughtful research. show thoughtful research. thoughtful research. limited/no research.
Accuracy of Facts All facts presented in the story are Almost all facts presented in the story Most facts presented in the There are several factual errors in
accurate. are accurate. story are accurate (at least the story.
Focus on Assigned The entire story is related to the assigned Most of the story is related to the Some of the story is related to No attempt has been made to relate
Topic topic and allows the reader to assigned topic. The story wanders off the assigned topic, but a reader the story to the assigned topic.
understand much more about the topic. at one point, but the reader can still does not learn much about the
learn something about the topic. topic.
Illustrations Original illustrations are detailed, Original illustrations are somewhat Original illustrations relate to Illustrations are not present OR they
attractive, creative and relate to the text detailed, attractive, and relate to the the text on the page. are not original.
on the page. text on the page.
Spelling, Spelling and grammar is 99 percent Spelling and grammar is 90 percent Spelling and grammar is 75 Spelling and grammar is less that 75
Punctuation, correct. Mistakes do not detract from the correct. Mistakes do not detract from percent correct. The book percent correct. Spelling and
Appearance story. Character and place names that the story. The book appears neat and is appears neat. grammar error significantly detract
the author invented are spelled easy to read and understand. from the story. OR The book is
consistently throughout. The book messy and difficult to read.
appears neat and is easy to read and
Works Cited Works cited page with MORE THAN Works cited page with AT LEAST 10 Works cited page with AT Works cited page has fewer than 10
10 works cited is included. The works works cited is included. The works LEAST 10 works cited is sources and/or works cited page not
cited page is in MLA format. cited page is in MLA format. included. included*.
*PROJECTS WITHOUT WORKS CITED PAGES CAN EARN NO HIGHER THAN A C-.
Dates you met with Ms. Bergman: 1) 2)
Grading scale: A - 45-50; B – 40-44; C – 35-39; D – 32-24; F – Below 32