September 21, 2011
  • 4th 6 weeks' theme is "Searching for Knowledge." How does exploring about a variety of topics develop my knowledge?
  • core task - expository, information, or compare/contrast
  • unit for inception of an idea
    • What's your concern or focus?
    • We can break this idea into chunks or find pieces that we can authentically use
  • 3rd 6 weeks - core task to interview someone
    • help students find what they're interested in or what the students' issues are
    • write a biographical sketch
    • informal letter
  • This would benefit the community - our school, pet shelter, elderly homes, military personnel,
  • Students would hear the stories that aren't normally shared
  • Who would they share the information with - create an ISD forum where they share what they are doing
  • taking information from the past and making it applicable to the present
  • What do we want them to learn from what they've learned
  • Maybe parents could be invited to a presentation of their work in the library
  • Legacy - finding their niche - presenting their project so that other students, teachers,
  • The project can benefit the class, the school, the community
  • Each student has their strength - writers, artists, organizers
  • Interest, Investigate, Impact
  • This I Believe (NPR) & StoryCorps (memories of 9/11)
  • Can we use a mini-project to help students understand the basics of writing - grammar, etc.?
  • How can the interview project create a legacy and be considered important and lasting?