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					    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                QuickTim e™ and a
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words understandable to 9 to 11 year olds.                          are needed to see this picture.


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
ASSIGNED TOPIC.

 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.
                                                                                                                70%).
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
                       understand.
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

				
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