Tuesday, September 21
For your first assignment, you will write a childrens
story based on the organism you are observing in your
biology lab. The story will be read by fourth and fifth
grade students (roughly ages 8-10) from Houghton Elementary
School. In addition to sharpening your ability to communicate
scientific material to others, your efforts will be rewarded
by real responses from real students. In the past, these
responses have always been thoughtful and entertaining.
this assignment, your story should:
both written and visual components
based on what you can learn/ have learned about the
organism you have chosen for your biology experiments
creative, entertaining, and well thought-out
appropriate for this age group (We will look at some
examples in class)
these requirements, you have a free hand to invent the
most creative story you can. You can draw on your experiences
at Coles Creek. You can draw on your experiences
in lab. You can draw on any other experiences related
to biology or writing or working with children that will
help you to write and illustrate an appealing story.
For the visuals, you can use computer-generated
images, collages, drawings, paintings- anything you think
will support your story and your work well. You should,
however, be prepared to talk about why you chose the visuals
and layout that you did, and what you hoped to accomplish
with these choices.
If you arent quite sure where to begin, try to think
back to the types of stories you liked to read when you
were younger. In addition, you might want to consider
options such as giving them choices about how to proceed
through your story, or including activities for entertaining
readers while also informing them about your organism.
Other questions that you should consider:
do you want your readers to learn from this story?
How must you use language in order to make fourth and
fifth graders understand what you are trying to communicate?
How do children see or look at nature?
What types of issues, ideas, language, etc. are appropriate
for this age group? What is inappropriate?
How can you get them interested in your organism?
can you use visual elements to best support or enhance