Leaving Earth – Informative Writing for Basecamp Success

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Rocky (similar to Mars)
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Abundant fresh water
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Leaving Earth – Informative Writing for Basecamp Success

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Embark on an exciting interplanetary mission with “Leaving Earth”. In this interactive activity, students act as NASA scientists exploring a new mysterious planet. They will research satellite and drone data, write detailed reports, and use AI feedback to refine their work. This lesson hones informational writing skills and emphasizes the importance of using text evidence. Students will learn the value of thorough research and effective communication while aiming for mission success. Target Audience: ELA/RLA, Grade 6 to 12. Lesson Outline: 1. Learn about their mission from NASA. 2. Conduct research on the generated planet and its inhabitants. 3. Write an informational text in pairs and receive feedback from the AI based on the given rubric. 4. Observe the AI-generated scenario that results from the information given in their report, ranging from thriving success to absolute catastrophe. 5. Revise their reports to create a better outcome for future missions. To generate your lesson: - Select planet parameters to create your own planet - Select your grade level Core Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.2: Write informative texts to convey complex ideas and information TEKS 6.11B, 7.11B, 8.11B : Compose informational texts, including multi-paragraph essays that convey information about a topic, using a clear controlling idea or thesis statement and genre characteristics and craft. Supported: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.5, W.7.5, W.8.5: With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. TEKS 6.7(B), 7.7(B), 8.7(B): Develop drafts into a focused, structured, and coherent piece of writing by using simple and compound sentences. TEKS 6.11(C), 7.11(C), 8.11(C): Write responses to literary or informational texts that demonstrate an understanding of the text. Tags: Planets, aliens, informational writing, NASA, space, citing evidence, sci-fi, AI feedback