5 Most in the modern age do not believe in literal Grendel-like monsters Boo!
6 What is a modern-day “monster” in your world? Consider issues you deal with on a daily basis.What would you change if you could?Can you think of a solution for your conundrum?Have you ever thought, “Someone should do something about that”?What is within your power to change?What problem would you like to “slay”?
7 Student ExampleRiding the bus made them have to leave home early and arrive at school late, some riding for over an hour.Not all students could drive to school because there was not enough room in the parking lot.
8 ProcedureThe students surveyed other students to confirm the need (how many were eligible, owned a car and wanted to drive to school).They compiled a list of reasons that lack of student parking should be addressed (crowded busses, seats too small for upper classmen, decreased study and sleep time, etc.)3. Then they researched standard parking space width and measured the current spaces at the school.They used measurements of the lot to make proposed adjustments that would add many new spaces.
9 Next Steps3. Calling the city’s road department, they obtained an estimate regarding the cost of repainting the lines in the lot.4. The students determined whothey would need to contact to submit the research and then wrote a formal proposal.5. After submitting the proposal to the school’s principal, the students were asked to address the school board, and the next school year, their idea was funded.
10 Not exactly a “Monster,” but having to ride the school bus was an issue students had to “fight” every day.It was an “assailable” problem.The “death” of the daily bus ride made life happier for those whose lives were affected.
11 Your Assignment Step 1: Brainstorm ideas with your peers Your Assignment Step 1: Brainstorm ideas with your peers. What “monster” would you like to take on? ________________________________________How about alleviating congestion in the hallways?How about reducing amount of homework?How about a later start of the school day?How about changing the grading scale?How about healthier food in the cafeteria?How about the parenting class running anursery for babies of students?How about amending the dress code?How about all students earning an “A” in a class receiving an exam exemption?
12 Step 2: Develop a Statement of Need ________________________________________ 1. Define the problem to be addressed2. Support argument with data (demographics, expert testimony, etc.)3. Identify the target population4. State the significance of the project in terms of time, people, etc.5. Acknowledge similar efforts (if appropriate) and refute opposition
13 Methods of Proof of Need Step 3: Consider what points the target audience will find most important. ________________________________________Methods of Proof of Need Current research (scholarly, reputable)Statistics (databases or student gathered)Books, articles, newspapersOral interviews (or by if necessary)Surveys
14 If you are administering a survey to prove need, use SurveyMonkey.com.
15 To locate scholarly information, access the DCHS Media Center’s Research Guide
16 Step 4: State Goal: General statement of what will be achieved ________________________________________Include at least 1 measurable objective (a specific, quantitative outcome).Look at the long-term view as well.List no more than 3 obtainable goalsState goals in terms of outcomes
17 Paint a picture (in words) of what will happen… if the goals are met.if the goals are NOT met
18 Step 5: Create A Project Plan (a. k. a Step 5: Create A Project Plan (a.k.a. Activities) ________________________________________Based on Need Statement and GoalsList steps to be executed to accomplish objectives and solve the need(problem)Plan of workMethods / Procedures to be usedWho is responsible for each stepSchedule or timelineCost / Value
19 Step 6: Create An Evaluation Plan ________________________________________ Who will evaluate the project’s effectiveness? How? When?How will you know if the goalshave been achieved?What measurements will you use?How can you prove your objective has been met?What is your criteria for success?
20 Project Requirements Complete the “Monster’s in Society” Planning Guide to create your group’s outline.
21 PresentationConsult the writing guides and consider which format would be most appropriate/effective for your intended audience:Would you deliver a speech to the school board, SBDM council, teachers at a facultymeeting, senior class?Would you write an editorial for theBRM, Messenger-Inquirer, WPAW?Would you write a letter to the superintendant, principal, a city official?Would you write a feature article for a newspaper or magazine?
22 RationaleFinally, each group must write a brief rationale explaining who your audience is, why you chose your method of presentation, andin what context youwould deliver yourpresentation.Why a speech instead of a letter?Why an article instead of aneditorial? Consider the attributes of each form of writing to determine the best way to reach and influence your intended audience.
23 Go: Be Modern-Day Beowulfs (or would it be Beowolves??) Better watch out, you peskyproblems!You
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