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Hi Parents and Students,
This will most likely be that last post of the year. There may be updates to this post over the next month, but most of the information will stay the same. Updates will be in a text that is red or blue to indicate a change. It will also most likely have a heading of “Update” or “Changes”.
End of Year Project Overview
Students tomorrow will begin working to complete the final project!!! This project will require them to research several individuals in history who are considered important because of inventions/contributions they made. For example… Where would children be if Ole Kirk Christiansen didn’t invent LEGO blocks? And, aren’t we all thankful that Willis Haviland Carrier was insightful enough to create modern day air-conditionaing! The research articles have been pulled (by the teachers) for the students, and time is being provided in class for students to research each of the focus individuals.
Using notes collected during research, students will create a brochure that contains various elements that connect to skills covered throughout the year (argumentative, expository, narrative, grammar, etc.).
A final piece of the project will require students to present findings discovered during independent/outside school research. Students will draw from a list of possible individuals in class on Tuesday (April 17th), and complete research/prepare to present their findings about these individuals to students in the class. The due date for presentations will be approximately during the 2nd week of May…a definite date will be provided at a later time- in a later post.
The following link provides an overview and description of all phases of the project:
This will hopefully be an insightful and engaging activity that will provide an opportunity for review in addition to a final practice using many of the skills learned this year.
Please see the timeline below for an overview of timing, due dates, grading targets, and various other resources.
If absent at any time, students should plan to see me ASAP (during homeroom) to discuss a plan for catching up with any missed tasks. Since we are quickly nearing the end of the year, timing is crucial!
Monday (April 16)
Students will view a video which highlights good technique and aid for using the internet as a resource.
Tuesday – Friday (April 17 – 27)
Students will be provided a packet of resources each day from which they will collect notes about the individual presented in each packet.
GRADE OPPORTUNITY: The research note packets will be collected and graded for quantity and quality of notes collected on each individual (1 page of notes required for each individual – one individual researched each day). This will be a formative grade.
April 25 – May 2nd
Students will begin on graphic organizers for their three essays after they finish their research notes. Please note that dates may overlap. This is to allow for slow or absent students to get caught up. There are no hard deadlines yet.
May 2nd – May 7th
Students will revise and edit their graphic organizers in order to create a strong final draft. Students will be able to have their writing processes checked throughout our work time. This will allow writing process grades to go in the gradebook before everything else is turned in.
May 7th – May 14th
Students will type their final drafts on Sway in the classroom. I will get a computer cart, or we will be in the computer lab to allow students the time to complete this task.
May 14th is a hard deadline for Final Drafts to be done
Oral Presentations will be May 15th, 16th, and 18th. This is a hard deadline as well.