Touchdown Mars Analysis

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Teagan Nurnberger
MST 202-03
The book I chose is, Touchdown Mars! By Peggy Wethered, Ken Edgett, and Michael Chesworth. The text structure of this book is in a sequence /chronological order, starting with the reader being told that “you are an astronaut,” to the adventure in space, and then finally coming home. Additionally, the text is organized alphabetically by key terms. The authors’ purpose of this book is to give factual information regarding Mars, space travel, and general information about space. Additionally, the authors, I believe, intended to spark curiosity, for they have a page dedicated to asking questions.
Some of the fun facts my students can learn from this text is the speed a rocket needs to reach in order to escape Earth’s
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The Mars A-B-Cyclopedia assists the students because it gives more factual information that was not mentioned in the text. It is a nice connection to the text because both are organized alphabetically. Students can use this to gather more information about specific aspects of Mars, rather than information about the whole trip to and from Mars that the text provides. The students can either read all of the facts, or be asked to find a fact starting with the letter of their first and last name, or something similar, to get them to explore the back of the text in a more engaging for them than just reading pure facts. Next, the fact boxes correspond to the bolded word on each page, and the bolded word corresponds to the letter we are at in the alphabet. The students should use the fact boxes to gather information about a trip to Mars, for these boxes are what makes the text nonfiction. Finally, with the pictures, students can learn detailed information about Phobos and Deimos, what the inside of a spaceship may look like, and it connects a fun drawing to the facts, making the text more …show more content…
Students will learn a lot about outer space, but having an engaging nonfiction text the students can use to explore a topic in more depth as well as independently can help the students be in charge of their own learning. This text could be a part of group work, where the students travel to different stations and explore a different planet at each to make a final project about the planets in our solar system. The students can also study one specific planet and later present their findings to the class. Finally, connecting science to literacy can help students in future classes. Using nonfiction texts in the classroom will help students understand how to pull out relevant information and report such information. This will help students in classes such as social studies, math, and even reading. Literacy can be used for so many different aspects in the classroom, but ultimately, literacy can be used as a foundation for the students’ own ideas about a topic, it can help provide a different way to resent information to the students, and it can promote class discussion. The benefits or using literacy are never ending, no matter what grade you are

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