Earth and Human Body Systems

This multimodal text set is designed to help middle school learners work toward mastering the grade-level moderately complex Anchor Text “Heat Waves in Missouri (Is it getting hotter, or is it just me?)”, adapted from a published study that models summer heat stress in the St. Louis region during future climates (Steinweg and Gutowski, 2015).

Next Generation Science Standards (MS- NGSS) are emphasized in the Anchor Text:

  • NGSS MS-LS1-3: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • NGSS MS-ESS2-4-6: Earth’s Systems – The Water Cycle
  • NGSS MS-ESS3-2: Earth and Human Activity – Natural Hazards

Next Generation Science Standards (MS- NGSS) are also important to the Anchor Text:

  • NGSS MS-LS2-4: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics
  • NGSS MS-LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation in Traits
  • NGSS MS-ESS3-5: Earth and Human Activity – Global Climate Change

Pertinent Common Core English Language Arts Standards in Science and Technical Subjects (CCSS.ELA.RST):

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.1-3 Key Ideas and Details
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4-6  Analyze Craft and Structure
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-9 Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.10 Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.1: Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.9: Draw evidence from informational texts.