Earth Science in the News Extra Credit Assignment

Criteria, MLA Style Citation, to print, Rubric, Links, Quick Links to Earth Science News Feeds

Extra credit is worth 10 points on a QUIZ (OR ITS EQUIVALENT) grade. You will be allowed to complete
up to three assignments per quarter for a total of 30 points.
All assignments must be turned in 1 week before the end of each
There will be no exceptions to this.

How Do You Earn Extra Credit?
You can earn extra credit by reading an Earth Science related article in the
Newspaper or web page and typing or hand-write (in ink only) a minimum one-page summary of an Earth
Science related article.
Your summary should be written in your OWN WORDS.

Criteria for Summary:

1. When writing your final summary include the following required information:

Paragraph 1 (Introduction) should introduce the title (in quotation
marks) of the article, the specific topic or main idea the article
discusses and indicate the branch of earth science* it relates to.A
brief explanation of why the topic belongs to this branch should also
be given.

Paragraphs 2-3 (Body) should summarize the important information
from the article and answer who, what, when, where, how, and
why. (Use a graphic organizer for this).

Paragraph 4 (Conclusion) should state and discuss the importance ofthe article to society and one relevant question that you may have
about the topic that was not answered in the reading.

Key Word and Terms: As you read the article, identify and highlight
at least 5 scientific terms that are directly related to the topic. List
and define these at the bottom of your typed paper.

What Do You Do When Your Summary is Finished?
2. Staple the original article from the newspaper or Internet to the summary. Then write the source of the article in the upper right hand corner following the MLA Citation Style Format:

Newspaper or Magazine Article

Author. “Article Title.” Name of Newspaper Date of Publication: page number.

Example: Hill, Craig. "Volcanic Activity." The Providence Journal 6 Aug. 2006: 16


Author. “Article Title.” Name of Website Date of publication. Date accessed < URL>.

Example: Sohn, E. "Dead Star Exploding." Science News for Kids 9 Aug. 2006. 2 Sept. 2006 <>.

What Else is My Teacher Looking For?Is there a Rubric I can Use?
3. Spelling and punctuation DO count and may lower the grade you receive.
Make certain to fill out and follow the attached rubric and staple this to
your paper as well.

RUBRIC IS HERE! Click to download and print.

LinksBelow are some science related news websites that you may search for articles.Earth Week - A Diary of the Planet News for Kids
Science Daily
Eureka Alert
Earth Science in the News
Bright Surf. Com
Space. Com
The Why Files
Nova Science Now

Quick Links to News and Current Events: