This lesson was created based on the Education for Sustainability Standard: The Dynamics of Systems & Change. A system is made up of at least two or more parts in an ever-changing relationship that forms a whole whose elements go together and change because they continually affect each other throughout time. In this unit, students will identify and comprehend the dynamic nature of complex systems and change over time. They will be able to apply the skills and notions of system dynamics and systems thinking in their present lives in order to help inform the choices that will affect their future in a positive way. By the end of this lesson students will understand the outcomes of goal setting and how it influences whether or not they will be successful at what they set out to do whether it be to become a better writer, a better student, a better citizen, etc.

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This lesson was created based on the Education for Sustainability Standard for the Dynamics of Systems and Change. A system is made up of at least two or more parts in an ever-changing relationship that forms a whole whose elements go together and change because they continually affect each other throughout time. In this unit, students will identify and comprehend the dynamic nature of complex systems and change over time. They will be able to apply the skills and notions of system dynamics and systems thinking in their present lives in order to help inform the choices that will affect their future in a positive way. By the end of this lesson students will take such concepts and learn the importance of goal-setting. They will set goals in order to become better writers and hopefully extend their knowledge and skills so that they might attempt to be better students, citizens, etc.
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The purpose of this lesson is for students to begin to think about writing in general and write an essay about their writing goals. Then, the teacher will use this writing sample as the baseline assessment in order to drive instruction with regards to writing. As this lesson culminates, students will understand that by being an effective writer, they become an effective communicator in a world where literacy is important in order to be successful. Students will be evaluated for what they already know about writing, what they want to learn about writing, and what they have learned about writing. They will see that writing is not just something that belongs in the Language Arts classroom, but that it permeates throughout all of their core subjects as well. Students will understand that no one is a perfect writer and that we all have areas in which we must improve. Students will self-assess ways in which they can improve their writing with practice and by setting (long term and short term) goals. In addition to learning about writing/the writing process and establishing goals for writing, students will be acquainted with editing symbols (a universal method for correcting and commenting about writing).
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