Science writer Seymour Simon created a boy detective, Einstein Anderson, who solves science puzzles that baffle his friends, parents, and teachers. As in Donald Sobol’s Encyclopedia Brown stories, the reader is given an opportunity to “solve/explain” the crime/deception before turning to a page where the answer and explanation can be found. Einstein can solve these puzzles because of his general knowledge of science or application of science processes.
Your task is to write a piece like one of Seymour Simon’s Einstein Anderson stories. You will create the character of a science detective and his/her friends, family, neighborhood, etc. You will include science in your story by making scientific information and /or science process important in the puzzle. You will develop a plot structure using one of Simon’s constructs or one of your own. Your piece will include an explanation of the crime/deception. You hope that the publishing company, SCI-DECT Publishers, will publish your piece and ask you to write more.
Your audience is mystery fans and lovers of science in the middle grades (and their book-buying parents and librarians).
The purpose of writing an Einstein Anderson-style piece is to interpret science in a new way.
1. Refer to the Performance Task Assessment “Creating a New Einstein Anderson” to help you plan your project.
2. Learn about Seymour Simon and Einstein Anderson through class discussion; complete character maps of Einstein and other characters.
3. Review the basic science processes.
4. Become more familiar with resources for the science content part of your story.
5. Learn about plot devices or constructs that Seymour Simon used.
6. Develop a setting.
7. Write a first draft and submit it to another student/group for peer review.
1. Use the Performance Assessment List to check your work.
2. Make revisions to draft.
3. Do a final self-assessment on your piece and hand it and your piece in to the teacher.