“The Making of a Scientist” exemplar asks students to read a memoir closely, focusing their reading through a series of questions about the text. Students will discover how much they can learn from the first person reflections of the author. The exemplar provides suggestions for scaffolding and further study, such as peer editing groups for the writing task and websites for additional inquiry. Common Core Standards: RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.4, RI.4.8, RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.4, RI.5.8; W.4.2, W.4.9, W.5.2, W.5.9; SL.4.1, SL.5.1; L.4.4, L.4.5, L.4.6, L.5.4, L.5.5, L.5.6.
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Making of a Scientist (Richard Feynman)
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation).
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships (e.g., however, although, nevertheless, similarly, moreover, in addition).