What is an NGSS Storyline? (PSST… awesome resources)

A storyline is…

A storyline is a coherent sequence of lessons, in which each step is driven by students’ questions that arise from their interactions with phenomena.

For example, take an albino child borne from dark-skinned parents. Students should have a lot of questions that delve into various topics like genetics, environment, DNA, etc.

A student’s goal is to be able to explain a phenomenon or solve a problem. Students work together to create questions, to answer them, to model them, and to understand them. A storyline provides a coherent path toward building disciplinary core idea and crosscutting concepts, piece by piece, anchored in their own questions.

*IMPORTANT!* Check out these GREAT websites for examples of storylines and example lessons.




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