5ive 6ix School at State Street

Hackensack, NJ

Grades 6-8, English
Partner(s): Cathy DeVincentis
Innovation Grant
2006, Fall

About this Grantee

To improve students’ writing skills, Ms. Romano and Ms. DeVincentis develop an interdisciplinary project that explores endangered species and the environmental impact of historical change. Students read Carl Hiassen’s environmental novel, Hoot, discuss literary techniques, research endangered species, and write an epilogue to the novel. Using information gained from a guest speaker on fossils, students visit a local forest sold for development and write persuasive essays to convince the owner to reconsider the proposed construction. At the culmination of the project, students write, perform, and film a public service announcement about an endangered species and present their work to the class.

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