Gravitational Waves

Ever heard of Einstein? One of his major theories, his 1915 theory of general relativity, predicted the existence of "gravitational waves." In February of 2016, scientists finally observed and confirmed their existence!

By Ms. Busch
July 20, 2016
12th Grade Science
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Writing Prompt

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) has discovered the existence of gravitational waves predicted by Einstein's theory of General Relativity over 100 years ago. Read "Gravitational Waves Detected 100 Years After Einstein's Prediction" and respond to the prompt below.

In a multi-paragraph paper, summarize LIGO's main ideas presented in the news release "Gravitational Waves Detected 100 Years After Einstein's Prediction." Describe the key evidence and details the authors use to inform their readers. Explain the authors' purpose for writing the text and identify the intended audience. Use correct grammar and punctuation when writing.

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12th Grade Literacy Standards in Science

This lesson teaches the following grade level appropriate state literacy standards. The cubes provide an abbreviation of the standard name and reference number. Click Add to My Lesson Plans to make a copy of the lesson. Making a copy will allow you to update any information including the literacy standards.

L6
Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
RST2
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
RST5
Analyze how the text structures information or ideas into categories or hierarchies, demonstrating understanding of the information or ideas.
WHST2
Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
WHST9
Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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