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  Feature Name: Scaffolding templates for writing a Story
Author: Tamar, Yaakov, Yael, Suki

Category: Other

Subject: Life sciences

Kind: Element/Applet

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Software URL: WISE:Genetics Simple Inheritance

Created by: Jeff Holmes

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This Feature is connected to (3) Principles
  • Provide students with templates to help reasoning
  • Connect to personally relevant contexts
  • Scaffold the process of generating explanations
    Feature in Visual Map
    This feature includes scaffolding instructions for the student to write a personal interest story for the school newspaper about Eric (who has a genetic disease) and his wife Linda. The instructions are presented to the student as part of a student journal which is divided into three boxes. First the student must write a captivating introductory paragraph to capture the readers interest. Second, the student writes the main body paragraph that includes a discussion of the genetics behind Ericís disease and the probability of Lindaís new baby being affected with the disease. In the third box, the student writes a conclusion including the significance of Ericís story and why it is important for people to know about inherited traits. Besides offering the 3 box organization, the feature also provides the students previous notes from the project. In this way, the student is encouraged to make use of his previous thinking in writing this informative and heart-warming article.
    The Rationale Behind the Feature (Specific Design Principle):
    Effectively summarizing oneís thought in a report and essay-writing are important skills for all students to master. This feature assists students in the writing process, by (1) encouraging learners to explain their ideas to others (teachers, peers, experts, and themselves) and (2) supporting learners so that they use a well organized format to write their informative and heart-warming human interest story.
    Context of Use:
    This feature is part of a TELS project: Simple Inheritance (#12708)
    Field-based Evidence:
    Evidence about how this feature was accepted in class runs Ė need to be added.

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