CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.2.B Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
AASL 2.1.1 Continue an inquiry-based research process by applying critical-thinking skills (analysis, synthesis, evaluation, organization) to information and knowledge in order to construct new understandings, draw conclusions, and create new knowledge.
AASL 3.1.3 Use writing and speaking skills to communicate new understandings effectively.
NGSS Structure, Function, and Information Processing: MS-LS1-8. Gather and synthesize information that sensory receptors respond to stimuli by sending messages to the brain for immediate behavior or storage as memories.
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: LS1.D: Information Processing: Each sense receptor responds to different inputs (electromagnetic, mechanical, chemical), transmitting them as signals that travel along nerve cells to the brain. The signals are then processed in the brain, resulting in immediate behaviors or memories. (MS-LS1-8)
NGSS Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information: in 6-8 builds on K-5 experiences and progresses to evaluating the merit and validity of ideas and methods. Gather, read, and synthesize information from multiple appropriate sources and assess the credibility, accuracy, and possible bias of each publication and methods used, and describe how they are supported or not supported.
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"Friendships: Enrich your life and improve your health." Mayo Clinic, 28 Sept. 2016, www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/friendships/art-20044860l.
Pappas, Stephanie. "7 Ways Friendships Are Great for Your Health." LiveScience, 8 Jan. 2010, www.livescience.com/53315-how-friendships-are-good-for-your-health.html.