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PROGRAM OVERVIEW/SYLLABUS: READING THE UNIVERSE

INSTRUCTOR(s)

CLASS NAME Reading the Universe

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS 15

PROGRAM SESSION DATES 3/21/2017-7/1/2017

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION An active-learning literacy workshop based upon STEAM topics


with the goal of improving student reading and writing.

WHAT ISSUE/QUESTION What can we learn, and how can we be inspired by


WILL GIRLS EXPLORE? Important women in science?

LEARNING GOALS (Identify 3 goals - 1. Increased interest in and knowledge of STEM fields AND
what you hope your girls will take away from 2. Increased interest in reading and literacy skills through
this class)
experiential STEAM-focused and text-based activities.
3. Gain confidence from the support of the LESGC
community and a volunteer mentor.

FINAL PRODUCT (What is the final Girl-created Zine


product/creation/performance/exhibition for
this class)

Ethical, Entrepreneurial, We will highlight the ways that women scientists have overcome
Environmental Connection the challenges of gender discrimination and inequality to become
(Articulate how your class connects with the 3 leaders in their fields and make contributions to the world of
Es ) science and society at large.

Literacy Component Semi-structured literacy-based activities.


(how will you incorporate Reading and Writing Independent and group reading.
into your class) Bi-weekly reading journals with mentors.
Research and writing in constructing a zine based upon women in
science.

STEM Component Two-Week Units are built around a famous woman in science
(how will you incorporate STEM (math, and activities that explore her field of specialization. Our Book
science, engineering) into your class) Club selection, A WRINKLE IN TIME features scientific themes of
time travel and a lead character whose father and mother are
scientists while she is a math genius.

EXPERIENTIAL Component Over the course of the class we will explore the variety of
(how will you incorporate a career awareness STEAM-related careers and the educational paths leading to
component into your class with speakers,
fieldtrips, lessons etc)
them through lessons, field trips and guest speakers.
WEEK 1 Whats Your Origin Story?
Focus & Activity TUESDAY 3/20
3/20 - 3/25 Parent Welcome Dinner
(steps toward your final product) SATURDAY 3/25
The Big Bang: Myths and Origin Stories
Whats Your Origin Story?
Superhero Origin Stories: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

WEEK 2 Imaginary and Real-Life Superheroes


Focus & Activity TUESDAY 3/28
3/28 - 4/1 Superhero Origin Stories: Moon Girl and Storm

SATURDAY 4/1
Flys first day: Discussion and preliminary planning of zine project

WEEK 3 Women in Science: Vera Rubin and Mae Jemison


Focus & Activity Meet Vera Rubin: Galaxies, Dark Matter
4/4 - 4-8 TUESDAY 4/4
Article-A-Day Activity: Whats In Space?
Discussion of Science Fiction
SATURDAY 4/8:
First Book Club Meeting and Field Trip: HBO HeLa Project
Henrietta Lacks Exhibition
Mentor and Mentee Introductions and Getting To Know
You Activities
Introduction to A Wrinkle In Time: Graphic Novel Trailer

WEEK 4 SPRING BREAK SPRING BREAK: 4/10 - 4/14


4/10 - 4/15 SATURDAY 4/15
WEEK 5 Girls Club Closed
4/17 - 4/22 SATURDAY 4/22
Focus & Activity Book Club Field Trip to Black Speculative Fiction Fair
(steps toward your final product) Mentors and Mentees discuss A Wrinkle In Time on the
way to the Bronx and at lunch -- Guiding Journal
Questions Handouts.
WEEK 6 Woman in Science: The Henrietta Lacks Story
4/25 - 4/29 TUESDAY
Focus & Activity (steps toward your final PBS Cell Explorer background article and interactive
product) online activity:
https://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/lsps07.sci.life.
stru.celldiagram/cell-explorer/#.WOvMOSMrJhF
Discuss Henrietta Lacks & View Part One of HBO Film:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
SATURDAY
Zine Project

WEEK 7
5/2 - 5/6 Woman in Science: A Wrinkle In Time and Henrietta Lacks, cont.
Focus & Activity TUESDAY
(steps toward your final product) A Wrinkle In Time pre-reading activity: Time Travel
Collage and Stephen Hawking Videos on Wormholes and
the Fourth Dimension
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPTzT4U3RIU and
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLUzJeto0Wo
A Wrinkle In Time Group Read
View and Discuss Part Two of The Immortal Life of
Henrietta Lacks
SATURDAY
Field Trip and Colors of the World Activity at Morgan
Library: http://www.themorgan.org/education/programs
Mentors and Mentees discuss A Wrinkle In Time on the
way to the Morgan and at lunch -- - Guiding Journal
Questions Handouts.

WEEK 8 Woman in Science: Rosalind Franklin


5/8 - 5/13 Introduce DNA/The Double Helix
Focus & Activity Journey Into DNA online activity (PBS)
(steps toward your final product) https://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/tdc02
.sci.life.gen.journeydna/journey-into-dna/#.WOb
KPSMrJhE
Human Genome Project video
https://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/tdc02
.sci.life.gen.hgp/
Build Model DNA
https://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/tdc02.sci.life.r
epro.lp_dnastructure/modeling-dna-structure/#.WObKsy
MrJhE

SATURDAY
Girls Club Health and Wellness Fair

WEEK 9 Women in Science: Elizabeth Blackburn and Barbara McClintock


5/15 - 5/20 TUESDAY
Focus & Activity DNA/ The Double Helix, cont
(steps toward your final product) Read excerpts from PBS background article:
How DNA Evidence Works
Forensic Investigation (PBS)
https://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/tdc02
.sci.life.stru.lp_dna/dna-analysis/#.WObJ2CMrJh
F
SATURDAY
Book Club
Journaling

WEEK 10 Woman in Science: Mae Jemison


5/22 - 5/27 TUESDAY
Focus & Activity Meet Mae Jemison Online Activity
(steps toward your final product) https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/activities/teaching
-content/meet-mae-jemison-challenging-space-frontier-a
ctivity/
SATURDAY: Memorial Day Weekend/Girls Club Closed

WEEK 11 Women in Science: Ada Lovelace & Grace Hopper


5/29 -6/3 TUESDAY
Focus & Activity Article A Day
(steps toward your final product) Computer Science Invent a new computer language and
write a short story
SATURDAY
Book Club
Journaling

WEEK 12 Woman in Science: Hedy Lamarr


6/5 - 6/10 TUESDAY
Focus & Activity Article A Day
(steps toward your final product) Careers in Science Guest Speaker
SATURDAY:
Zine Project

WEEK 13 Women in Science: Maria Mitchell and Wang Zhenyi


6/12 - 6/17 TUESDAY
Focus & Activity Article A Day
(steps toward your final product) Alternative Careers in Science
SATURDAY
Field Trip AMNH (tentative)

WEEK 14 Woman in Science: Katherine Johnson and NASAs Women


6/19 - 6/24 Computers
Focus & Activity TUESDAY
(steps toward your final product) Hidden Figures: View Movie and activities
SATURDAY
Zine Project

WEEK 15 Woman in Science: Real-Life Women in Science


6/26 - 7/1 TUESDAY
Focus & Activity Guest Speaker
(steps toward your final product) SATURDAY
Final Spring Book Club Mentor Meeting

MENTOR MEETING DATES 4/8


4/22
5/6
5/20
6/10
6/24
Mentors will be invited to last day of program on 7/1.

FIELD TRIPS APRIL


HeLa Project Exhibit
Black Speculative Fiction Fair
MAY
Morgan Library
Museum of Moving Image
JUNE
American Museum of Natural History
TBD

** To be completed for every class, by the start date for every program session. Update during
program session, adjusting for any changes.