At the Edge of a Black Hole
Specific discussion on universe creation within the context of a discussion about a black hole. see more
Grade Level: Eighth Grade
Objectives: 1. Students will compose a short report. 2. Students will understand
that we explore the universe (and why we do it). 3. Students will communicate
in writing (with short but concise sentences). 4. Students will present reports
CDE Language Arts: 2.3 Record important ideas, concepts, and direct quotations
from significant information sources and paraphrase and summarize all
perspectives on the topic, as appropriate. Use a variety of primary and
secondary sources and distinguish the nature and value of each.
CDE Science: Earth in the Solar System (Earth Sciences) 4: The structure and
composition of the universe can be learned from studying stars and galaxies and
their evolution. As a basis for understanding this concept: 4a: Students know
galaxies are clusters of billions of stars and may have different shapes. 4e:
Students know the appearance, general composition, relative position and size,
and motion of objects in the solar system, including planets, planetary
satellites, comets, and asteroids.
CDE-ELL Literacy Component: Writing Strategies and Applications (Intermediate):
Organization and Focus, Revising and Evaluating Following a model given by the
teacher, write a short paragraph of at least four sentences. Write legible,
simple sentences that respond to topics from language arts and other content
areas (e.g., math, science,
history/social science). Create cohesive paragraphs that develop a central idea
with consistent use of standard English grammatical forms even though some rules
may not be in evidence. Write simple sentences about an event or character from
a written text.
Produce independent writing that is understood when read regardless of the
inclusion of some inconsistent use of standard grammatical forms.
BTSA Component: Use for Standard 19 compliance.
Anticipatory Website: http://universe.nasa.gov/science/blackhole.html
Critical Tasks: (in any order) 1. Students should create visual images in order
to support their understanding. 2. Allow for multiple interactions with
material. 3. When implementing lesson, follow the objectives. 4. Teacher must
model exploration of the difficult text. 5. Practice own and student ORAL
delivery of content. 6. Pre-teach concept of the existence of a universe and the
NASA space program (use multiple images). 7. Teacher and students are to be
involved in guided reading. 8. Students must report (orally) what they
understand. 9. Introduce definition of Black Hole.
Assessment: Informally through observation
and formally through the rubric building website located at