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    • Overview


Nonfiction texts dominate work and school spaces. Being able to navigate the different elements of these texts is essential for success. Just like fictional pieces, nonfiction texts often follow the rule and format of specific genres.
Engineering documents combine schematics, blue prints, models, charts and equations with the writen text. Though reading images is not a new skill for most students, the complexity of the schematics and data visualizations can be overwhelming. Combining the text and the visuals to create meaning is the ulitimate goal.


  • CCSS Alignment: WHST 8.2, 8.4- 8.9; SL 8.5;  L 8.1-8.6


Primary Resources



Converstation Starters



Non-fiction Systems Thinking Books

Persuasive Products


A piece arguing a statistical relationship between two items; A new model; A logical argument/premise

Informative Products

A logistical plan you want to implement; A troubleshooting process you want to implement; A plan for optimization you want to implement
Design Elements

A focus on logistics, cycles, emergence, dynamics, balance, flow, users


Objectives - Student will Defend, Inform or Analyze:



1. Problems/connections inside of the system

2. Model structure/function/boundaries of the system

3. Influential engineering principles/people

4. Conversation or transfer of power/energy

5. By recreating the problem

6. With flow charts/schematics/scale maps

7. Diffusion of ideas/energy through system

8. Scientific/math theories to confirm/negate ideas

9. Resilience/adaptive behaviors of system

10. Interactions between interdependent parts

11. The behavior of the whole vs. parts

12. Dynamic/static elements of the system

13. Inputs/outputs & unity/diversity of the system

14. The life cycle of the system

15. Benefits/costs of improvements/optimization

16. Model's efficiency/safety/accuracy

17. Quality & quantity of the impact made

18. Gaps in the model of the system

19. How has the system changed over time

20. Scale up/down your model of the system