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Science Current Events

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Ms. Switzer
SC 10
2020
Current Events News Assignment in Science
Find an earth science article, either online, or in a newspaper or magazine. You must find an
article that is relevant to our topics of chemistry, biology, physics or astronomy, topics that will
be covered in the next few weeks OR you may use something that is relevant to the larger
inquiry project that you will complete as part of this course.
Here are some kinds of topics that you might find:
● Developing and testing vaccines
● New species of organism discovered or rare species sighted
● Scientists discover a new planet/star/black hole
Where can you look? Here are a few ideas.
● Scientific journals or any university publications
● Reputable newspaper publications (local or national) like the National, Globe and Mail,
Times Colonist, CBC
● Online news sites like ​livescience.com, sciencedaily.com, sciencenews.org,
sciencemag.org, sciencenewsforstudents.org
● Magazines like TIME, MacLeans, Discovery, Canadian Living, National Geographic,
Canadian Geographic
● Google scholar
What must you do?
Submit a typed or written document (1-2 pages) or an artistic representation (discuss with
teacher if chosen) that includes the following information:
1. Name of Article
2. Source of publication (include title of source as well as publisher information, and URL if
from the internet). I need to be able to find the article.
3. Date of article
4. Summary of what the article is discussing. Do not forget to include the “who”, “what”,
“where”, “why” and “when”!
5. Your opinion on the importance and relevance of this article. Consider why you chose
this article, why it is important to share with others?
Finally, post a link to your publication on the class Padlet.
https://padlet.com/Mrs_Switzer/7wqxqmnmstpw6vez
Ms. Switzer
SC 10 - Unit 1
2020
How will you be evaluated?
The assignment will be graded out of
​/20
The following chart will be used for assessment.
0-5
● Not a very
reputable
publication
● Topic is not
relevant
● Limited
information is
provided in the
summary
● No opinion
paragraph written
or it is very
simplistic
2
6 - 10
●
●
●
●
Reputable
publication
Relevant topic
Summary
describes article
but rather briefly
Opinion
paragraph gives
some evidence of
thought but it is
limited
11 - 15
● Reputable
publication
● Relevant topic
● Summary clearly
describes article
content
● Opinion
paragraph shows
a good
understanding of
article and a
strong connect
ion to it
16 - 20
● Reputable
publication
● Relevant topic
● Summary clearly
describes article
content
● Opinion paragraph
shows higher level
thinking about the
content of the
article
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