Monday, April 7, 2008

What do you speak for?: Language Arts invades Science

My autistic son, who for years has been conducting his own experiments and figuring out how things work, and who can rig the internal lever in our new thermostat to trick the furnace into running perpetually, just brought home the following assignment for 5th grade science class:

The Lorax spoke for the trees, "for the trees have no tongues." What would you choose to speak for, and what would you say?  Write a one-minute talk on behalf of something, which cannot speak for itself.

The essay should include at least 5 important facts about the thing you are speaking for.  You need to write it as a persuasive essay so others will be persuaded to do something to help. 

The essay should be at least 5 paragraphs.

My son has difficulty writing 5 paragraph essays to persuade people of things. He also has difficulty speaking for other people, let alone for rain forests, spotted owls, and unspoiled beach fronts.  

Might this have something to do with why he's in danger of failing science?

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