Independent Project Selection

Grades: 
6, 7, 8

Students will interact with older citizens in order to make intergenerational connections in the community, discover the wealth of history around us, and develop pride in and a sense of connection to our community.

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Duration 
PrintOne Forty-Five Minute Class Period
Objectives 

The learner will:

  • write a research proposal.
  • conduct research and interviews and maintain a log of their work.
  • draft, revise, and edit final written projects to produce a finished research article.
Materials 
  • Sample Proposal (Attachment One)
  • Notebooks, paper, pens, and pencils
  • Contact Log (Attachment Two)
  • Camera or audio recorder (optional)

Instructions

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  1. Today, your goal is to narrow your focus and begin writing a proposal that you will submit to me, outlining your project."

  2. Distribute and display Sample Proposal (Attachment One) for the whole group. Discuss the requirements for the proposal and the deadlines. The proposal should include:

    • a clearly stated subject,
    • the form of your project (memoir, story/legend, nonfiction article, etc.), ·
    • timeline,
    • procedures.
  3. Students may use the proposal as a checklist as they work on their projects. Each time they complete a step in the procedures or timeline, they may check it off to make sure they are on track.

  4. Explain that students should keep a contact log and record in it each time they conduct an interview or other research for their project. Display Contact Log (Attachment Two) and distribute copies. It may be helpful for students to keep all of their information and research together in a folder or notebook to help organize the project.

  5. Announce that students may tape record or videotape their interviews. This allows the student to return to the interview at a later time and transcribe it. Students must secure permission from the person they are interviewing before beginning to record.

  6. During the next four weeks, students should independently arrange interviews, collect research, and write drafts of their projects. During Writing Workshop time in class each day, students may draft their projects, meet in peer conferences with classmates, meet with the teacher, and then revise drafts. Those students who are unable to self-select a topic may be paired with a citizen in the community and helped to arrange interviews.

Assessment 

Scoring Rubric Points Description 4 Well-developed proposal including stated topic, form, timeline, and procedures 3 Proposal is missing one requirement 2 Proposal is missing two requirements 1 Proposal is missing three requirements 0 Assignment was not attempted or not turned in on time

Cross Curriculum 

During this phase of the unit, students will meet with older members of the community and interview them about their experiences growing up and living in Onekama. By interacting with older citizens, students will make intergenerational connections, will discover the wealth of history around us, and will develop pride in and a sense of connection to our community.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 04. Raising Private Resources
      1. Benchmark MS.3 Develop a service plan.