I am proud to say that my students's writing abilities have vastly improved each year with traditional methods of instruction. I learned not too long ago from William Van Cleave, the importance of teaching the basic vocabulary of writing to the kids. You see, kids need to know only the most basic vocabulary- nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, phrase, clause, preposition and conjunctions and interjections to communicate about their writing during our conferences. I teach these in ways that are active (see my website) and we have applied the concepts to specific project genres. My students get to choose topics within the genre, and I grade each assignment with a rubric tailored to the project. My rubrics are designed to assess mastery of specific common core skills. After teaching this way for 3 years, I am branching out to project based learning.

I embrace choices. I recently used a universal rubric that I adapted with small language changes. I didn't like how students poured their hearts into projects and the final say reduced the enthusiasm to a 'score.' Scores compare their learning, and I no longer want them to compare their enthusiasm, or rather squash it, with a final project score. We are using Kidblog to report daily. I teach 45 minute periods, and I would like to move into full inquiry based genius hour learning soon.

Here is the continuum of we here I started 24 years ago into where I am headed:
1. Textbook- I only use them as a guide. (I've never used one and don't like them.)
2. Mini lessons. Infuse learning with writing assignments where students apply their learning.
3. Mini lessons. Infuse learning with writing assignments where students apply their learning, and occasionally allow more technology based presentations to share with the world.
4. Project Based Learning where I create the Inquiry question and students choose the format of their final projects (sometimes I will still dictate a written paper because of the Common Core).
5. Inquiry Based Project Learning where students will learn to create their own inquiry questions. (I'm still researching this myself but I will be ready by next year.) This will be a true 'genius 45 minute" and I am currently learning the management system needed to manage and assess these sessions.
6. I am looking into #20percenttime and deciding how this fits into 3-5.

This blog and my teaching methodologies are a work in progress, so I would love your gentle feedback as well as sources to read and learn from! Feel free to visit my website to see the progression of my lessons this year.

https://sites.google.com/a/howard-winn.k12.ia.us/mrs-knobloch---english/lesson-plans-20-29-2012-2013/28-feb-11-feb-15

I will be posting student projects as soon as I hear from my district about what digital citizenship guidelines they want me to follow. I see a lot of teacher showing faces and full names of students in videos, and I want to be sure I do right by my district and the students here! I am loving teaching in this district more than EVER!



PROJECT 1
Why Do I Buy Project

* Day 1
* Choose a product type.
Examples:
cell phones, televisions, athletic shoes, cars, computers, pet food, dog breeds, cameras, specific video games, energy drinks, soft drinks, hair products, cologne or perfume, beauty products, toilet paper, or paper towels.
See me if you have a different product idea. You will be comparing brands, so the product choice must be narrow enough, but not a specific name brand.
Your job will be to research various brands and models of this product to compare/contrast and decide which model/brand is the best. You need to define "best."
Does best mean:
The best value for the money?
The most durable?
The most fashionable?
The best performance?
Etc.

https://docs.google.com/a/howard-winn.k12.ia.us/document/d/1LeFTJDRgRFe_pKUQoC3MoVgFbcTbnvPf_i--jQdvXZw/edit

You will be graded on the following:
Products/Project list --/10
Spreadsheet facts --/50
Survey --/5
Participation --/10
Group Plan --/3
Project --/35

* Look at the Project Foundry list below and choose FIVE options for your final project.
Each group needs to email a list of 5 ideas to me with the list of 5 models discussed below. See screenshot for an example:
http://projectfoundry.org/project-based-learning-explained/project-based-learning-ideas.html



PBL: The Better Way to Learn
PBL: The Better Way to Learn

PBL: The Better Way to Learn
=Project-Based Learning Ideas=

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Like a list of pizza toppings or color combinations, the list of potential project-based learning ideas is seemingly endless. The topics themselves are too numerous to count and the list becomes even more infinite when thinking of all the different products a project can result in.

Take “volcanoes,” for instance. Simply picking the topic is only the first step. Will it be a working model? A video on how to make a working model? A website on the world’s still-active volcanoes? A board game that teaches players about different types of volcanic ash? Perhaps an interactive presentation that explains how volcanoes work? You see where we’re going.

Choosing a topic can often be a stumbling block for students. Since the objective of project-based learning is to relate learning to everyday life it is most effective to use everyday life as a building block for project-based learning topic ideas. Some sources that may stimulate a student's creative mind are hobbies, articles, current events, wonderment, books, movies, etc. Sometimes it helps if a student asks why something happens or how something happens. Ideas should come from an intrinsic motivator; a source that motivates students to ask high-level and open-ended questions will engage them in a deeper learning process.

Choosing an end product can be equally challenging due to the sheer number of possibilities. To encourage high-level products, it is beneficial to know your students' interests and learning styles. We thought it would be helpful to some to jump start the creative process by listing a few project-based learning ideas and products that we’ve seen put into action. The following product grid categorizes different products under separate headings according to research from Howard Gardner’s multiple-intelligences theory. Happy brainstorming!

Linguistic
Logic/Math
Spatial
Body/Kinesthetic
Musical
Interpersonal
Intrapersonal
Naturalist
Advertisement
Annotated/Biblio.
Bulletin Board
Code
Comic Strip
Debate
Demonstration
Diary
Editorial Essay
Fairy Tale
Family Tree
Fiction Story
Interview
Jingle
Joke Book
Journal
Lesson
Letter
Letter to the Editor
Newspaper Story
Non-Fiction
Oral Defense
Oral Report
Pamphlet
Petition
Play
Poem
Press Conference
Radio Program
Riddle
Science Fiction Story
Skit
Slogan
Soliloquy
Story Telling
TV Program
Write a new law
Advertisement
Annotated Biblio.
Chart
Code
Collage
Collection
Computer Program
Crossword Puzzle
Data Base
Debate
Demonstration
Detailed Illustration
Edibles
Experiment
Fact Tile
Family Tree
Game
Graph
Hidden Picture
Labeled Diagram
Large Scale Drawing
Lesson
Lesson
Map with Legend
Mazes
Mobile
Model
Petition
Play
Prototype
Puzzle
Recipe
Riddle
Survey
Time-line
Transparencies
Venn Diagram
Working Hypothesis
Write a new law
Animated Movie
Art Gallery
Bulletin Board
Bumper Sticker
Cartoon
Chart
Clay Sculpture
Collage
Costumes
Demonstration
Diorama
Display
Etching
Film
Filmstrip
Flipbook
Game
Graph
Hidden Picture
Illustrated Story
Maze
Mobile
Model
Mosaic
Mural
Painting
Paper mache
Photo Essay
Picture Story for Children
Pictures
Play
Political Cartoon
Pop-up book
Prototype
Rebus Story
Slide Show
Slide Show
Story Cube
Transparencies
Travel Brochure
TV Program
Web Home Page
Calligraphy
Charades
Collage
Costumes
Dance
Demonstration
Diorama
Etching
Experiment
Film
Flip Book
Food
Hidden Picture
Mosaic
Mural
Musical
Musical Instruments
Needlework
Painting
Pantomime
Paper Mache
Plaster of Paris Model
Play
Poem
Press Conference
Puppet
Puppet Show
Radio Program
Role Play
Transparencies
TV Program
Audio-Video Tape
Choral Reading
Fairy Tale
Film
Instrumental
Juke Box
Musical
Poem
Rap Song
Riddle
Role playing
Song
Sound
Advertisement
Animated Movie
Bulletin Board
Chart
Choral Reading
Comic Strip
Debate
Demonstration
Editorial Essay
Fairy Tale
Film Game
Interview
Journal
Lesson
Mazes
Museum Exhibit
Pamphlet
Petition
Play
Press Conference
Role Playing
TV Program
Write a new law
Bulletin Board
Chart
Collection
Comic Strip
Diary
Editorial Essay
Fairytale
Family Tree
Journal
Learning Center
Poem
Riddle Maze Collage
Time-line
Artifact Collecting
Diorama
Field Study
Field Trip
Fossil Collecting
Insect Collecting
Leaf Collecting
Original Song
Photo Essay
Rock Collection
Scientific Drawing
Spelunking Trip
Timeline
Source: Dr. T. Roger Taylor, 2002
Project Foundry® is a registered trademark of Project-Based Learning Systems, LLC (PBLS)
© Copyright 2012 Project-Based Learning Systems, LLC (PBLS) All rights reserved.

* List five different models of your product that you will research.
Example: Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy SII, Apple iPhone 5, HTC Desire, Droid Incredible
(note: It will be easier to compare your products if you choose five that the same manufacturer makes. For example: LG Optimus G LS970, LG Optimus G LS969, LG Mach, LGE 960, Optimus Regard LW770, Optimus L9 P769
* Send an email that looks like the following (one email per group)
HINT!
Your products must have more in common than differences! As you search, you might need to make your product/s more specific.
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You will be working in a small group, but it must be obvious to me what parts you did. In a video, it will be obvious because I will see your face in it, and you will speak equally for equal grades.

* Day 2
* Search Google for "Product name review" or "Product name consumer reports"
Later you will be defining what 'best' is for your product type. Keep this in mind. We want a cell phone to be durable, but pet food? Not so much!

* Day 3
* Create document.
- One group member create a document called #classperiod Why I Buy Last Names of Group members.
- Share with each group members
- Put in your Knobloch folder (English stuff)
* You will be typing here as you research.
You have at least five days to research your five products. ONE will be researched by the entire group at one time. Do NOT split up the work. You must all learn about each product together.
You must give me five summaries. Each summary will describe one of the products. A minimum of 40 facts should be presented for each!


See samples below:
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* Day 4
* Discuss standards
* Help groups narrow down products.
Suggest search terms: Chevy 2013 sierra 1500 compare to
* Research

* Day 5 and 6
* Research stay with one product at a time, having all group members searching and typing in your Google Document/Drive. Move on to product choice #2 if ready to, but move on as a WHOLE GROUP!
- Look for:
- price to buy it
- costs to make
- dates invented
- options
- past advertising campaigns- jingles, what they spend on ads
- where it is made
* Be sure to use the company's official website!
Hint! It's likely that you won't find it on the shopping tab:

Web: See the red?
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Shopping: See the red?
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* Do you cite your sources or not?
It depends on project. Ad - no Spreadsheet - maybe Research paper - yes
If you get conflicting information check easybib.com to see which to believe.
If using buyer reviews, state this.
See examples!

* Days 7 and 8
* Define 'best' - take notes from the sites you find, discuss what makes a product the best of its kind.
While you are researching your products, you need to define "best."
Does best mean:
Lowest cost?
Durable?
Fashionable?
Performance?
Plot?
Features?
Warranty?
Options?
Vitamins?
Ingredients?
* Questions to pose- Groups
How will you organize your data so that you can compare your 5 products?
What qualities do people need in your product?
What are the most important categories of information you have found?
Why might the products vary so much in price?
((( LATER: Have you discovered anything disturbing?)))
* Put your information that you have gathered so far into your organizer.
Example:
NAME your ORGANIZER: Class period # Why Last Names

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* Days 9 and 10
* All should be moving on to product choice #2 today if haven't already.
- Be sure to find like information for your next four products.
Example:
Mountain Dew ingredients Coke ingredients
Samsung SIII - cost Samsung Galaxy Note II - cost
Ford Mustang 2013 - options Chevy Camaro 2012 - options

Whole class discuss the example below:
https://sites.google.com/a/howard-winn.k12.ia.us/mrs-knobloch---english/lesson-plans-20-29-2012-2013/25-feb-18-22/example-why-i-buy

* Day 11
March 20th Periods 3 and 5 need to join one of the following classes to REGULAR Skype with Harris Tech Classes!

harristech1-->Writing Period 4 (10:45 Central, Skype starting at 10:50 or so)
harristech2-->Writing Period 6 (12:45 Central, Skype starting at 12:55 or so)
harristech3-->Writing Period 7 (1:30 Central, Skype starting at 1:45 or so)
harristech4-->Writing Period 8 (2:45 Central, Skype starting at 2:50 or so)

BELOW is the link to our questions. Have it opened on your iPad so that you are ready!
https://docs.google.com/a/howard-winn.k12.ia.us/document/d/1LeFTJDRgRFe_pKUQoC3MoVgFbcTbnvPf_i--jQdvXZw/edit


* Day 12
All should be moving on to product choice #2 today if haven't already.
- Be sure to find like information for your next four products.
Example:
Mountain Dew ingredients Coke ingredients
Samsung SIII - cost Samsung Galaxy Note II - cost
Ford Mustang 2013 - options Chevy Camaro 2012 - options

Whole class discuss the example below:
https://sites.google.com/a/howard-winn.k12.ia.us/mrs-knobloch---english/lesson-plans-20-29-2012-2013/25-feb-18-22/example-why-i-buy


* Day 13

FINISH YOUR SPREADSHEET FACTS BY TOMORROW! 50 accurate facts=A

* Make a Google survey for their classmates.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kypOpANZJaU
(See 2 photos below)
- File --> copy collaborators
- 5 questions minimum (Which would you choose? List 5 products How much would you pay for runing shoes? SEE SAMPLE BELOW and use your spreadsheet category columns for question ideas.)
- Send survey --> bkknobloch@howard-winn.k12.ia.us
(We will send the survey to 2018 on Monday. If we send it now, they will delete it without knowing what it is and that it is important to their grades.) Each person is responsible for responding to 10 surveys.
10-A 9-A- 8-B 7-C 6-D 5 or less F
- Discuss limitations of a noncontrolled survey and purpose of the survey
- When finished, close survey and continue filling in boxes of your spreadsheet. It is ok to split up the work among group members.

* Send survey --> bkknobloch@howard-winn.k12.ia.us
(We will send the survey to 2018 on Monday. If we send it now, they will delete it without knowing what it is and that it is important to their grades.) Each person is responsible for responding to 10 surveys.
10-A 9-A- 8-B 7-C 6-D 5 or less F

* Research and continue filling in product information.
* Remind and discuss the Inquiry Question, "Why do I buy?" How do they persuade us to buy?
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* Day 14
* Look at your survey results and determine which product you are going to advertise. The group above has basically two choices!
1. Sell Nike Shox
2. Convince their audience that the Nike Dual Fusion is better!

See below for persuasive techniques!
Email me TODAY:
1. Your group member's names.
2. Which ONE of the 5 products you want to sell.
3. What your project will be:
Commercial, prezi, research paper etc.
4. What app you are going to use.
Prezi, Doceri, Educreations, iPad video camera, Show Me, Animoto, Splice,
Pic collage, Google spreadsheet, Google document etc.

START YOUR PROJECT!

* Keep in mind that your persuasive project will need to use 3 advertising techniques from the worksheet below. Only six are defined below, but you will research the rest with your small groups and email 5 to define and provide examples of ads that use them and how. (see sample below)

YouTube Video



Some advertising techniques:1. Testimonials - celebrities and experts testify how good the product is to persuade you to buy to to be like them
2. Bandwagon - everyone else wants it so you should too
3. Glittering generalities- plays with your logic and tricks you into believing the product has powers that it doesn't
4. Emotions - makes you think you will be happy, avoid feeling sad or guilty so you buy the product
5. Plain folks - makes you want it because everyone else does and you want to be 'normal.'
EXAMPLE:
6. Scientific appeal - uses statistics and scientific lingo to convince you to buy the product you want it because everyone else does and you want to be 'normal.'
The Tide commercial tells the buyer that clothing washed in it gets up to 50% brighter.

(The above cannot be emailed to me for credit!)

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The following commercial examples may be used in this first assignment:
(Or you may watch TV on your own and search for your own. )


* Days 15, 16, 17 and 18
* Share projects in class.


IDEAS AND CONTENT
Focused, clear, specific. It sells a product

  • Presentation gives 8 or more facts about the product.
10
Some really good parts, some not there yet!

  • Presentation gives between 6 and 7 facts about the product

6
Just beginning to figure out what I want to say.

  • Presentation gives less than 5 facts about the product

3
WORD CHOICE
Really individual and powerful. My project has personality and sounds different from the way everyone else writes.

  • Project is honest and from the heart
  • Viewers can tell I am talking to them.
  • My project is full of feeling and the viewer will know how I feel
5
Correct but not striking. The words get the message across, but don’t capture the viewer’s attention.

  • I used everyday words pretty well, but don’t try to say things in a new way
  • Most of the time the viewer will figure out what I want to say

3
Confusing. The viewer is often asking, “What did they mean by this?”

  • A lot of words and phrases are vague
  • My words don’t make pictures
  • Some of my words are misused
  • I use the same words over and over


1
VOICE
Really individual and powerful. My project has personality and sounds different from the way everyone else writes.

  • Project is honest and from the heart
  • viewers can tell I am talking to them
  • My project is full of feeling and the viewer will know how I feel.


5
Individuality fades in and out. What I truly think and feel only shows up sometimes.

  • Viewer will understand what I am saying, but it won’t make them feel anything
  • My personality comes through once in awhile
  • I do more telling than showing


3
Not me yet. I’m not comfortable or don’t know what I truly think or feel yet.

  • If you didn’t already know, you might not know who wrote this project
  • I sound like a robot
  • My project makes the viewer yawn


1

ADVERTISING TECHNIQUES
Focused, clear, specific. It sells a product

  • Uses three techniques


5
Some really good parts, some not there yet!

  • Uses two techniques


3
Just beginning to figure out what I want to say.

  • Uses one technique


1
ORGANIZATION

Clear and compelling. I have chosen an order that works well and makes the viewer want to know more.

  • My beginning grabs the viewer’s attention
  • Details add a little more to the main idea
  • My details are in the right spot
  • I ended with a strong conclusion
5
Some really smooth parts, other need work. Order makes sense most of the time.

  • Beginning doesn’t really grab the viewer
  • Sometimes not clear how some detail connect to story
  • Some detail connect to story
  • Some details in wrong spot
  • Conclusion is ho-hum
3
Not shaped yet. The order of my project is jumbled and confused.

  • Project just starts-no introduction
  • Confused about how details fit with project
  • My ideas are disconnected
  • Oops! Forgot conclusion


1
AUDIENCE
Uses information gathered with survey

  • I referred to my survey results 3 times.

5
About halfway there. Uses information gathered with survey but not enough.

  • I referred to my survey results 2 times.

3
Barely uses audience survey results.

  • I referred to my survey results 1 time.


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PBL Resources:

* Day 19

* Choose 3 standards that you want to master through your work. Your final project and artifact documentation sheets should prove to me that you have mastered these. You will be responsible for proving this!
Click here to see the forms and samples you will need to fill out for your GRADE!
THE FORMS BELOW WILL BE COPIED AND PASTED INTO YOUR GOOGLE SITES (ON EACH PAGE WITH ITS PROJECT), AND YOU WILL FILL THEM IN THERE. A SAMPLE IS BELOW:

Project Planning Form

Student Name:
Teacher Name:
Grade Level:

Begin with the End in Mind

Summarize the theme or “big ideas” for this project. ( What do you want to do, make, demonstrate, teach, learn, discover, etc.)
I want to find out how advertisers get me to buy their products, and how they determine what price to charge.
I want to understand how much advertising affects the price I pay.
I want to decide for myself which products are the 'best' and decide what makes them best - without the influence of advertisements.
I to find out what my classmates will pay for a product and what criteria they are looking for when they buy it.
Identify the Literacy standards that will be used, needed and strengthened throughout this project. Must choose at least 4 benchmarks for an A.
https://sites.google.com/a/howard-winn.k12.ia.us/knobloch---common-core-standards/
STANDARD:
W.7.1. Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
BENCHMARKS:
1- Introduce claim(s), acknowledge alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically. 2- Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text. 3- Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), reasons, and evidence. 4- Establish and maintain a formal style. 5- Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
1- I will make the claim that Nike Free Runs are the best running shoe for the money. My evidence will include cost, durability, comfort, history of the company, and color choices.
2- I will use the Nike Website and list them in my document.
3- I will use persuasive techniques that I learn from your website from watching the videos and learning through my own searches what they mean.
4. I will consider my audience in how I present the information. I will have introduction, body, and closing sections of my final product.
5. I will be sure to summarize the information at the end of my product.

IV. CRAFTING THE DRIVING QUESTION FORM BELOW:

Crafting the Driving Question
State the essential question or problem statement for the project. The statement should encompass all project content and outcomes, and provide a central focus for student inquiry.
Why do I buy Miss Me jeans or Why do I buy Monster drinks?
How do I choose the brands and products that I buy?
How do companies persuade me to buy their products?

V. PLANNING YOUR EVIDENCE FORMS BELOW:

-Plan your evidence - Early
Step 1: Define the products and artifacts for the project: ( what products will you use as evidence that you are making progress?) 2-3 products or artifacts for each stage.
Early in the Project:
1. List of products I own.
2. List of commercial links to Youtube
3. Photos of products in a document.
Step 2: For each product, identify 4-5 specific requirements for a quality product.
Early in the Project:
Product 1:
List of products I own.
Criteria:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Product 2:
List links to advertisements of product.
Criteria:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Product 3:
Photos of products in a document.
Criteria:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Plan your evidence - During
Step 1: Define the products and artifacts for the project: ( what products will you use as evidence that you are making progress?) 2-3 products or artifacts for each stage.
During the Project:
1. Document with facts about a product.
2. Spreadsheet comparing facts.
3. Script for commercial.
Step 2: For each product, identify 4-5 specific requirements for a quality product.
During the Project:
Product 1:
Document with facts about a product.
Criteria:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Product 2:
Spreadsheet comparing facts.
Criteria:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Product 3:
Script for a commercial.
Criteria:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Plan the Evidence- After
Step 1: Define the products and artifacts for the project: ( what products will you use as evidence that you are making progress?) 2-3 products or artifacts for each stage.
During the Project:
1. Survey and results
2. Commercial
3. Evaluation of group members' participation.
Step 2: For each product, identify 4-5 specific requirements for a quality product.
End of the Project:
Product 1:
1. Survey and results
Criteria:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Product 2:
2. Commercial
Criteria:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Product 3:
Evaluation of Group Members' participation.
Criteria:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

VII. ARTIFACT REFLECTION FORM/SHEET BELOW:

Artifact Reflection Sheet

Name:   Your Name   
Artifact Description:      Commercial Script
Date this artifact was submitted:    March 26, 2013  
I think this artifact is best aligned to the following https://sites.google.com/a/howard-winn.k12.ia.us/knobloch---common-core-standards/ (a minimum of four benchmarks):
Example:
W.7.1.Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
BENCHMARKS:
1- Introduce claim(s), acknowledge alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically. 2- Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text. 3- Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), reasons, and evidence. 4- Establish and maintain a formal style. 5- Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
1- I will make the claim that Nike Free Runs are the best running shoe for the money. My evidence will include cost, durability, comfort, history of the company, and color choices.
2- I will use the Nike Website and list them in my document.
3- I will use persuasive techniques that I learn from your website from watching the videos and learning through my own searches what they mean.
4. I will consider my audience in how I present the information. I will have introduction, body, and closing sections of my final product.
5. I will be sure to summarize the information at the end of my product.
Reflect on your learning and your rationale for why this artifact shows improvement and/or experience in each of the Language Arts Benchmarks you chose. This should be at least one paragraph that gives specific details.:



Rubric for Summaries-
Student Name:
1. Is the summary 2-3 paragraphs in length and is each paragraph at least 4-5 sentences long?
Summary meets requirements.
Summary is less than two full paragraphs or is more than four paragraphs.
Summary contains only partial paragraphs or lacks coherent paragraphs
Your Score
5
3
1

2. Are the paragraphs clear and grammatically correct? Please make careful note of anything that is unclear or confusing and any grammar errors.
Paragraphs are clear, well-structured and contain few mechanical errors.
Some of the language is unclear or contains mechanical problems that impede understanding.
The summary contains numerous mechanical or structural problems that make understanding very difficult.
Your Score
5
3
1

3. Is it clear that the writing includes personal reflection and commentary from the student.
The writing is mostly in the student’s own words with some paraphrases and quotations from the sources inserted to provide examples and evidence.
The writing shows the student’s thoughts and opinions of their topic and blends in evidence from their sources smoothly.
The writing includes both factual information and a personal response.
The writing is missing either the personal reflection or the factual information.
Your Score
5
3
1

4. Are all of the sources referenced, quoted and paraphrased throughout the summary? If so, are they clear and properly written? (Check the model on Mr. Prouty’s Weebly if you are unsure of what these should look like!)
Sources are smoothly and correctly integrated into your summary.
Sources are mentioned or used, but they are used incorrectly or ineffectively.
Sources are not mentioned in your text.
Your Score
5
3
1

5. Are the sources listed at the bottom of the summary? This includes:
Title:
Author name (or website name if no author):
URL (address of website):
All sources are properly identified.
All three sources are identified, but not completely.
One or more sources are missing .
Your Score
5
3
1

Notes:



6. Teacher Comments, Questions, or Suggestions:



PROJECT 2
Introduction Videos - Introduce a Partner



* Day 1
Introduce project


  • Introduce a partner to our overseas classmates!
- Trios - number 1,2,3
Write down as much as you know about your partner
1-->2, 2--3, 3-->1 (use note cards) KEEP IT POSITIVE
Take turns sharing -- all three work to add to the notecard, with the subject making the additions and corrections
TAKE A PHOTO of the notecards in case you might lose them!

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_describe_a_person
Here are some ideas that you can use to describe someone.

  • Sound - talk about how the person speaks
  • What their voice sounds like, and any other sounds they make (singing, humming, noises, clicking pen, tapping feet or pencils etc).
  • Personality - talk about the inner person.
  • What are their hopes and dreams?
  • What are their fears and worries?
  • How to they respond to problems?
  • What are their strengths and weaknesses? .
  • Behavior - talk about how the person acts.
  • Does the person smile and say hi? or is the person quiet and look away?
  • Is the person with a lot of other people or does the person prefer to be alone?
  • What activities do you see the person involved in, like music, clubs, or sports?
  • Are they outgoing and friendly or shy and fearful?
  • Do they joke all the time or stay serious?
  • What to they do in different situations?
  • Interests - talk about any hobbies and interests the person has.
  • Describe what they do for fun.
  • What kinds of books and movies do they like?
  • How many are in their family?
  • What pets do they have?
  • Job/Daily Activities -
  • talk about favorite classes they take
  • Tell what their day is like at school.

- Create an intro and a conclusion:
ADD two more index cards - one for the introduction, and one for the conclusion.
Sample introduction:
I'd like you to meet Zach. (NO LAST NAMES)
----He is funny and tells great jokes.
----He wants to be a doctor.
----He loves to run.
----He is afraid of nothing.
Sample conclusion:
Make a post for Zach on Kidblog, and ask him to tell you about
----the time he April Fooled our 4th grade teacher!
----his rodeo experience.
----his pets.
----his first track season.
----his original recipes.

* Day 2
- Finish write ups for the intros. YOU WILL BE GRADED ON THIS!
- Practice taking videos. Use the person being introduced's iPad.
- We will be making the real videos tomorrow, and you can bring appropriate prompts.
Example:
If your introduction says you like to
hunt, bring a camoflauge shirt to slip over your shirt,
play football - bring a football
read books- bring favorite book
play video games - bring a video game box

* Day 3

- Make videos
1 introduces-->2 and 3 videotapes - using the subject's iPad
2 introduces--3 and 1 videotapes- using the subject's iPad
3 introduces-->1 and 2 videotapes- using the subject's iPad

- Put videos on our Padlet wall-
Log in to this link: SPELL MY NAME CORRECTLY!
http://padlet.com/account/walls
Make a new wall, name it, and write a description. See samples below to learn what to do.

(Example: Meet Zach, Joey, and Cameron in these videos.)
Each person upload your own video to Padlet! NO LAST NAMES!

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Landmark blogging-
* Day 4

Find your partner's name below, and find their landmark. Read their blog post, and comment on it. Your comment should have two full sentences about the post, and ask one questions. This is the MINIMUM.

Landmark watch our own Landmark Show Mes! Watch our own introduction videos!
Day 5 - Friday

Partnered with <---
Richard Avenue

Mr. Bolton


Period 3 has 5 students Jessica C, Robert C. Nathaniel C., Robert T, Sonya H.
Anisah
Period 5 has 5 students Dustin R, Cameron K, Sierra K, Lindsey K, Aaron W
Areeb
Samantha, Allison, Autumn, Angela, Adam H from 4th hour
Bethany
Cassidy, Zeke, Torie, Braden from 4th hour
Daniel
Clayton, Taylar, Devon, Jackson, Brady from 4th hour
David
Chance, Tia, Alex, Brandon, Dawson from 4th hour
Faiza
Abbigail, Madison, Shania, Darian, and Audrey from 6th hour
Fay


Jared H, Zachary, Patricia, Christopher, Tanner from 6th hour
Hamzah
Morgan, Mitchell, Harley, Reece, Billie and Maia from 6th hour
Humairaa
Faith, Tiomothy P, Madison R, Alexander R, Sara from 6th hour
Joseph
Karissa, Madison S, Kristian, Alex T, Tyler D from 6th hour
Leah
Laci, Mackenzie, Hailey D, Alexis E, Megan F from 7th hour
Lewis
Hunter, Jutt, Kristoperh, Taylor, Justin H from 7th hour
Lucy
Ben, Adrian, Jacob, Sydney, Kayla L from 7th hour
Masum
Morgan M, Madison M, Autumn, Avery, Monica from 7th hour
Musharraf
Kennedy, Devyn, Lexus, Aliah from 7th hour
Nasifah
Karissa, Dayton, Catherine, Emma from 7th hour
Saif
Danielle, Jacey, Brynn, Chandler, Ashley F from 8th hour
Saima
Tristan , Alexis G, Trystan G, Bobbi, BRianna from 8th hour
Samiul
Raymond, Mercadez, Heide, Hunter from 8th hour
Tanjid
Bailie M, Allison, Michael M, Sawyer from 8th hour
Usman
Shannon, Katrina, Ashlyn, Lucas from 8th hour
Yasmine
Carter, Ryan, Kaylee T, Samantha W from 8th hour
Amy
* Day 5
Today's job is to make 2 new posts on Kidblog.

TAB 1 My website - use it to open Kidblog and Padlet in new tabs.
TAB 2 Kidblog
TAB 3 Padlet

POST 1.
Show me – landmark(SEE SAMPLE BELOW)
- kidblog tab, make new post
- Open Show Me app, log in, manage show mes, open link in Safari, copy link
- Kidblog, paste link in
o Make intro at the top
o Make a conclusion at the bottom.
o Post

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2. Video from Padlet (SEE SAMPLE BELOW)
- Kidblog, make new post
- Padlet, log in, open the video of YOU being introduced, copy the web address
- Kidblog, paste link in
o Make intro
o Make conclusion
o Post
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PROJECT 3
Landmark Project for U.K. Partnership:



tourist attraction


  • || Web definitions

* Day 1-

Here is a sample that I made. Don't let my sample limit your creativity!

piccollage
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piccollage

piccollage

Student sample below:

Make sure that your first piccollage slide has the Google map on it!



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YouTube Video






/ˈlan(d)ˌmärk/

Noun
  1. An object or feature of a landscape or town that enables someone to establish their location.
  2. An event, discovery, or change marking an important stage or turning point in something.

Synonyms
milestone
a characteristic that attracts tourists.

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THE GOAL IS NO LONGER TO FINISH.

THE GOAL IS TO HAVE FUN LEARNING!





Project criteria:

--- up to 3 slides

--- 1 US google map with a pin on your attraction's location on the 1st slide

--- at least four other pictures.



* Day 2

Introduce inquiry question:

  • What is my favorite US landmark or attraction? What does this landmark or attraction say about what is important to me and my country?



  • Fill in Spreadsheet with your choice of landmark or attraction for 5 points.

https://docs.google.com/a/howard-winn.k12.ia.us/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Avp5mi5R8PvYdGJ0ZHZkcXFVdndUSnlmYUlNLWYwQXc#gid=0* Research your landmark or attraction.

- Do a search for "google map, and the city and state of your attraction" Adjust the map so you can see the whole US. Crop it and use it in the first pic collage. This is the only picture you don't need to credit the website for.

- Take notes in a new Kidblog post. See sample below:

- Be sure to save important websites to your iPad.

- Save the pictures to your camera roll - BE SURE TO copy the website they came from and put it into your pic collage.

- Take a screenshot of your landmark or attraction on the US map. See below:

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- Go to Kidblog, log in and make a new post telling what you accomplished today: BE SURE TO TAG IT WITH YOUR CLASS PERIOD SO THAT I CAN FIND IT TO GIVE YOU CREDIT FOR IT! We will do this every day in order to earn points. I will not be grading your final project. I will, instead, ask you which standards and benchmarks you mastered through the project.



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* Day 3

- Share Harris tech video from Kidblog

- Open Kidblog and make a new post, tag it with your class period, and take notes in here!

- Here are some things you will need to be doing:

Saving a US Google map to your camera roll

Saving pictures and their sources

Putting pictures into pic collage with the website addresses

READING!

Taking notes in Kidblog

Saving websites to your desktop

- Last 15 minutes we will each briefly share something we learned today after posting a new post on Kidblog.



IF YOU ARE NOT SOOO EXCITED ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE SHARING THEN YOU NEED TO QUICKLY CHOOSE ANOTHER LANDMARK!

Sample:

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https://www.google.com/search?q=des+moines+capitol+building&hl=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=vd9dUePyGoOGyAGnjoCoBw&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAQ&biw=736&bih=432

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https://www.google.com/search?q=des+moines+capitol+building&hl=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=vd9dUePyGoOGyAGnjoCoBw&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAQ&biw=736&bih=432#imgrc=5RbGdkXuIENHzM%3A%3BoS4QxHsekpBZZM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.gbot.me%252Fphotos%252FAG%252F9N%252F1284847089%252FIowa_State_Caitol-Iowa_State_Capitol-3000000013878-500x375.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.gogobot.com%252Fiowa-state-capitol-des-moines-attraction%3B500%3B375



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http://www.gogobot.com/iowa-state-capitol-des-moines-attraction



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* Day 4

- Open Kidblog and make a new post, tag it with your class period, and take notes in

here!

- Here are some things you will need to be doing:

Saving a US Google map to your camera roll

Saving pictures and their sources

Putting pictures into pic collage with the website addresses

READING and taking notes in Kidblog

Saving websites to your desktop

- Last 15 minutes we will each briefly share something we learned today after posting a new post on Kidblog.



Organize how the spreadsheet should be organized from each class

Take turns sharing what you have so far

1. Share- Slide 1 map

- read what it says

-tell other stuff you learned

2. Guess what they value (call on 3)

3. What the class liked

4. Give suggestions





* Day 5

-write introductions for Kidblog UK class

-slides done

Write-ups

You will use this to tell about your landmarks/tourist attractions.

Include:

I. Introduction-

a. The name of the place, what city and state it is in, and an adjective.



(Ex. The Empire State Building is in Manhattan, New York, and it is monstrous.)

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Be sure to use thesarus.com in a new tab on your iPad!

II. Body-

a. This is the information that is on your slides

b. Size

b. History

c. Cost of admission

d. special facts



III. Conclusion -

a. Why you chose this - include personal experiences

b. What it says about American Values (what is important to our country)

(Example: The Empire State Building is in a few of my favorite American Movies, and I hope to go there someday. You really need to watch the movie "Men in Black 3" so you can enjoy its beauty.)





When you are finished with your summary, you will need to go to the wall below:

http://padlet.com/wall/richard_crestwood

http://padlet.com/account/walls



* Day 6

Monday make Show Mes -

Make Show Mes and put on the Junior High Writers Website.



* Day 7

Today's job is to make 2 new posts on Kidblog.



TAB 1 My website - use it to open Kidblog and Padlet in new tabs.

TAB 2 Kidblog

TAB 3 Padlet



POST 1.

Show me – landmark(SEE SAMPLE BELOW)

- kidblog tab, make new post

- Open Show Me app, log in, manage show mes, open link in Safari, copy link

- Kidblog, paste link in

o Make intro at the top

o Make a conclusion at the bottom.

o Post



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2. Video from Padlet (SEE SAMPLE BELOW)

- Kidblog, make new post

- Padlet, log in, open the video of YOU being introduced, copy the web address

- Kidblog, paste link in

o Make intro

o Make conclusion

o Post

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PROJECT 3 continued
Kidblogging Response Week
* Day 1

- As a class, look at the posts from the UK on the smart board.
- Each student comments with a minimum of 3 statements/questions to 2 discussed in class. You will earn

Sample below:
You will earn 6 points for this. 1 point for each sentence/question (up to 3), and 1 point for correct capitalization, punctuation, and spelling (up to 3). Take a screen shot of each comment and email the photos to me. Title them comments. (How many points did my two posts below earn?)
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I only earned 9/12 points on the posts above. Can you see where I lost 3 points?

* Day 2
Anne Boleyn - Tower of London
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwfEIlflD2M&NR=1&feature=fvwp
Ghost sighting at the Tower London
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh_pB3N4r3U
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* Day 3
- As a class, look through the videos made by your classmates on the smart board. Begin with class volunteers, and move into other classes. Make positive comments for half the videos watched. Minimum is 2 statements and 1 question.

* Day 4
- As a class, finishing looking at the posts from the UK.
- Look through Show Mes that are posted on KidBlog. Comment on 3 or more. 3 sentences each comment. Screen shot them and email the pictures to me. This will be worth 9 point for the sentences, and 9 points for the sentences being correct with capitalization, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

- Individually, make a post with your UK partner's name in it and ask questions about their life.
-Then look at the comments people have left for you. Respond to them.



PROJECT 4
THIS PROJECT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT AN AMERICAN DATE OF OBSERVATION.
Here are some US holidays and days of observations to think about. Don't choose your favorite holiday, but choose one that you would like to learn about. Remember that you will be sharing what you learn with our partner school in the U.K. You may look at the links below, but be sure to choose one that the authors know who started it and why they started it. You need enough information to create a 300 word research paper.

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* Day 1
Introduce new project add to list of holidays, and choose landmarks to research. Our inquiry questions is "What does each landmark say about the culture of the U.S. (and later, what does it say about the U.K.)?"

Choose partners and dates/occasions of observation.

STUDENT SIGN UP SPREADSHEET:
https://docs.google.com/a/howard-winn.k12.ia.us/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Avp5mi5R8PvYdGI2QmF3ZWFSRXJFYTdLMTQydE9ENnc#gid=0
Lincoln's Birthday
St. Patrick's Day
Birthdays
Halloween
New Year's
Memorial Day
Mother's day
Kwanza
Easter
Christmas
April Fool's Day
Labor Day
May Day
Leap Day
Flag Day
Groundhog Day
Thanksgiving
President's Day
July 4th
Veteran's Day
Hannuka
Mardi Gras
St Patrick's Day
Star Wars Day
Thanksgiving
Father's Day
Opposite Day - You will need to get creative on this one
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
American Indian Heritage Day
Black Friday
Daylight Savings Day
Wright Brother's Day
Pan American Aviation Day
Make a Difference Day
Earth Day
Hoodie Hoo Day
Superbowl Day
Friday the 13th
9/11 Remembrance Day

Let's be sure to cover the list above, but also look at some more unique and less known celebrations:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/everyday.htm
http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/
Celebrations from this link will only be used if enough additional information can be found about the celebration of your source from reputable websites/sources to write at least a 300 word essay.



* Days 2-14
(will be extended if student interest continues)
1. Ask questions on the Padlet wall for UK. Log in to our OWN padlet to see it.
Samples:
Do your young children believe in Santa Claus?
Why do you celebrate Queen Anne Bolyen's Day? I read that she was imprisoned for treason, so why would you celebrate her life?
Have you seen this video? Our teacher showed it to our class.
2. Answer questions on the UK's Padlet wall.
3. List 3 U.S. holidays or dates of observation on a post it note with name and class period.
4. Make a post on the US Holidays and Observations wall: Sample
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Explore Popplet Application as the format for our next cumulative project. Sample below:


Popplet criteria grade guideline:
*Group Grade
BOX 1 10 points ( 5 points picture 5 points web address)
BOX 2 5 points video resource (must be informative - you should watch at least 5-10 videos before choosing one!)
BOX 3 10 points your own video (Can post a video on the Padlet wall or make a show me. Either way, you need to put the link in your Padlet box)
(NO BOX) 10 points 21st century skills participation grade

*Individual Grade
BOX 4 50 points 300 word research paper. This will be graded on grammar, usage, and mechanics. (person 1) SEE BELOW WHAT 300 words look like.
BOX 5 50 points 300 word research paper. This will be graded on grammar, usage, and mechanics.
(person 2) SEE BELOW WHAT 300 words look like.
BOX 6 15 points Works Cited (person 1)
BOX 7 15 points Works Cited (person 2)
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THE ARTICLE BELOW SHOWS YOU HOW LONG 300 WORDS IS. YOU SHOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM WRITING 300 WORDS ABOUT YOUR DATE OF OBSERVATION.
We’re often told that young people tend to be the most tech-savvy among us. But just how savvy are they? A group of researchers led by College of Charleston business professor Bing Pan tried to find out. Specifically, Pan wanted to know how skillful young folks are at online search. His team gathered a group of college students and asked them to look up the answers to a handful of questions. Perhaps not surprisingly, the students generally relied on the web pages at the top of Google’s results list.
But Pan pulled a trick: He changed the order of the results for some students. More often than not, those kids went for the bait and also used the (falsely) top-ranked pages. Pan grimly concluded that students aren’t assessing information sources on their own merit—they’re putting too much trust in the machine.
Other studies have found the same thing: High school and college students may be “digital natives,” but they’re wretched at searching. In a recent experiment at Northwestern, when 102 undergraduates were asked to do some research online, none went to the trouble of checking the authors’ credentials. In 1955, we wondered why Johnny can’t read. Today the question is, why can’t Johnny search?
Who’s to blame? Not the students. If they’re naive at Googling, it’s because the ability to judge information is almost never taught in school. Under 2001′s No Child Left Behind Act, elementary and high schools focus on prepping their pupils for reading and math exams. And by the time kids get to college, professors assume they already have this skill. The buck stops nowhere. This situation is surpassingly ironic, because not only is intelligent search a key to everyday problem-solving, it also offers a
This text was taken from: http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/11/st_thompson_searchresults/

Monday-
GRADING CRITERIA:
  • 10 points ( 5 points picture 5 points web address)
  • 5 points video resource (must be informative - you should watch at least 5-10 videos before choosing one!)
  • 10 points your own video (Can post a video on the Padlet wall or make a show me. Either way, you need to put the link in your Padlet box)
  • 10 points 21st century skills participation grade
  • 50 points YOUR OWN 300 word research paper (Each person will write their own!) See my article (essay) on Law Day is 492 words. Look at it and determine what 300 words will look like.
  • 15 points Works Cited (Each person will make a Works Cited with at least 2 Works Cited, placed below your paper.)
This link will take you to a complete sample of a finished project!

This link will take you to my students' finished projects on the website.
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* Day 15
Log in to Kidblog through my website.

Read articles about the history of your date. (You may use headphones and have your iPad read it to you and you may use them to watch videos and take notes!)

Create a new post on Kidblog. It needs to be 10 full sentences long. Date it today's date. Take a screen shot and email it to me.

Your post is worth 10 points. Each correct sentence is worth 1 point. To earn each point your sentence must be a full sentence, have all words spelled correctly, be punctuated correctly, and be free of capitalization errors.

Learn to use Dragon Dictation.
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After this is done, you may spend your class time working on the following list:

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* Day 16
(Get them ready for their introductions by:)

-Email me this 5 point assignment:

Subject:
(your class period)
Email content:
Day of observation that you chose
1. Topic of paragraph 1
2. Topic of paragraph 1
3. Topic of paragraph 1
4. Topic of paragraph 1

Example 1:
Law Day
1. History
2. American activities on this day
3. Canada's similar celebration and activities
4. Recent American celebration

Example 2:
July 4th
1. History of our independence
2. History of the fireworks tradition
3. American activities on this day
4. Similar celebrations in other countries

People who finish early:
IN THIS ORDER OF IMPORTANCE!
- copy and paste their 4 paragraphs into http://paperrater.com/free_paper_grader
- center video and photo
- add more photos and website links showing where they
came from.
- blog with Russian and UK students

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* Day 17
Write introductions using the list you sent me!

See ABOVE for samples!


* Day 18

Copy and paste intro and 4 body paragraphs into: http://paperrater.com/free_paper_grader

Since this paper will be on the internet for the world to read, and the authors you got information are passionate about your topic, they will most likely FIND your work! Passion about the topic keeps them researching for more information! Be sure you credit your sources in your works cited and be sure that paperrater does not pick up on plagiarism.

See photos below to help you select the right paperrater options and avoid plagarizing.

Photos:

Here are the options you need to choose:
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This is a paper that plagiarism has been detected in:
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I can easily go find the article it came from. The next two shots show you how:
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I just choose a suspicious sentence and put quotes around it in a Google search:
Notice that the author simply left out two words. This is STILL PLAGIARISM, AND THE AUTHOR YOU STOLE FROM WILL NOT LIKE IT!
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This photo shows where the author might start in taking action against you:
Look for the 'Report Abuse' link.
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People who finish early -IN THIS ORDER OF IMPORTANCE!
- center video and photo
- add more photos and website links showing where they
came from.
- blog with Russian and UK students


* Day 19

Finish working on project and write conclusion.
- Write three or four strong feelings about your 'date of observation.'
Ex.
Ice cream is not just for kids; adults love it too.
Americans should eat more ice cream.
You don't have to be sick to deserve some ice cream.
- Pick out ONE main idea you want your reader to remember and put it in a sentence.
Ex.Ice cream is good for you.
- Write one last strongly worded sentence convincing people to observe your 'date of celebration.'
You should follow Ronald Regan's advice and eat ice cream in July.


Example Conclusion:

National Ice Cream day

This next smoldering July just stop everything and cool down with a frozen sweet treat. Ice cream is not just for kids, and it will make you feel young again. If you are young, it's even better because you can make a big mess with it. Ice cream is good for us. You should eat it in July because you have Ronald Regan's permission. Besides, the calories don't count during ice cream month.


* Days 20 - 21

Make Show Mes with partners.
Use Jamendo for background music (royalty free music).
Put Show Me links on your web page.



PROJECT 5

Transatlantic Mystery Person Skype





* Day 1


* Groups of students will open the spreadsheet of famous Brits and Russians. They will look for the missing facts about a famous person on the spreadsheet.
Periods 3 and 4 - choose Russians/ Periods 5-8 - choose Brits.


* Discuss how the "Mystery Person Skype" will work.
The last weeks of school we will be researching and listing clues about famous Brits and Russians in preparation to Skype with our British and Russian classmates. We are excited about the innovate format created in a collaborative effort between Mrs. Brenda Knobloch, Mr. Chris Bolton and Mrs. Elena Kazucek. The format will be a "Transatlantic Mystery Person" Skype where clues about a person are provided one at a time, whicle the guessers practice using search terms to find the person's name! The roles will be reversed as each classroom guesses their citizen's name.


* Do lesson/demonstration on how to find very specific information:


----If I am looking for Ellie Goulding's mother's name, I think about what sentence I want to find on the web page! I type in "Ellie Goulding's mother's name" because I want the page to say "Ellie Goulding's mother's name is ..../ or was..."



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----If I am looking for where Ellie Goulding was born, I think about what sentence I want to find on the web page! I type in "Ellie Goulding was born"



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What will I find if I choose "Ellie Goulding was born on" ?


----If I am looking to see what Ellie Goulding's mom's name was or is, I choose "Ellie Goulding's mom" OR "Ellie Goulding's mother" I could also use "Ellie Goulding's mother's" or "Ellie Goulding's mom's"



----If I am looking to see if Ellie Goulding was married, I choose "Ellie Goulding married" or "Ellie Goulding is married to" or "Ellie Goulding's husband" or "Ellie Goulding was married to" or "Ellie Goulding was married"


The key to searching is to THINK about what sentence you want to see on the web page! =)
Be sure to look at only credible sites!


Below is a screen shot of one spreadsheet my students are using!





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