Presentation on theme: "Passion Project “What are you curious about?”. What is it? Our next unit Quite simply – what are you curious about? What questions do you have about."— Presentation transcript:
What is it? Our next unit Quite simply – what are you curious about? What questions do you have about the world? Life? You will explore a question of your choice that stimulates your mind and leads to answers (probably not the ones you originally thought about) Your question/curiosity can’t be answered with a 10 minute video You need to choose something that you’ve always wanted to know or find out You need to conduct academic research by creating a series of smaller research questions You need to interview someone who might be considered an “expert” in your chosen field You need to ask your peers what they think about your question/research topic You will write your findings in a detailed report at the end of our research
Questions I have… How much oil is left in the world? How do events like the mudslide in Oso happen? How much do cars really cost? How many people can the world hold? If the world had no national borders, what would happen?
Today Open Google classroom and complete the initial assignment
2.19.15 Please open up your dialectic journal for Bigger Faster Stronger Please have your vocabulary notebook handy (on the table so that we can view it without distracting you) Reminder – vocabulary quiz tomorrow
Final Dialectic Journal You will now have the time to “clean up” your dialectic journal Make sure that you have a color code that matches the rubric I sent you… Quotations and Plot Details highlighted in yellow Critical Thinking responses highlighted in green Personal Questions or Questions the documentarian asks highlighted in purple
Theme in Bigger, Stronger, Faster Today in pods you will use your dialectic journals to discuss the theme from our documentary. Your final product will be a document you create which notes your responses and is ultimately shared with me.
Quick review of theme The takeaway or message the author or director is trying to convey. Romeo and Juliet The theme is not love The theme is the complication of love and LOTF The theme is not getting lost on an island Without rules in a society and a way to enforce them properly, we are doomed.
Theme in B, S, F. The theme is NOT “Steroids are good” The potential answer lies in the work you did in your dialectic journal last week. You might ultimately identify many themes in your conversation but you will ultimately choose one.
Steps Choose someone at your pod to take notes Create a new document in google Insert a table with 2 columns and ____ rows The number of rows is the number of pod members present today + 1 The left column is simply the name of each pod member The right column is their response to the question today – What is the theme of the movie and why?
Individual and group time Individually, come up with your theme idea What is the theme of the movie? Look back at your dialectic journal for patterns that you see Were certain questions repeated? Did you notice that the film came back to the same ideas or examples? He used the same people in different scenes throughout the movie Your individual task is to come up with a theme and 3 pieces of evidence from the movie that proves it.
Pod role Each pod member share out what they found What do you think the theme is and why? Note taker highlight the theme in yellow and the evidence can be typed below Note taker will jot down what you said on the pod document After all have shared, which theme do you think stands out among the 3 or 4 choices?
2.24.15 Vocabulary notebooks out and ready please Chromebooks logged on and ready please Learning objective – today you will choose your passion project ideas and create the first small research questions in the discovery process
Finish pod - theme Note takers please retrieve the document you created yesterday Please take the next 5 minutes and choose the best theme among the three or four you wrote down yesterday Re-write this theme into the bottom row of your table from yesterday
Choosing your passion project idea You should have received back your passion project ideas Discuss in your pods the ideas that you came up with to research As pod mates, listen carefully to the ideas and help in the following areas Which ideas will present special problems in researching? (Not complex enough or too specific and therefore difficult to research) What ideas do you have to look for an expert to interview? What types of questions can you ask on your survey? At the end of the process, you should have your final selection
Google Classroom assignment Go into Classroom and find today’s assignment You will fill in the appropriate blanks and start thinking of small research questions to ask to begin the research process
Pod placards We need to make visible both our goals and our passion project question Please divide your placard into 4 equal boxes Each pod member will use one of the boxes You will write, from memory, your personal and academic goals You will write, from memory, your passion project big question
2.26.15 Chromebooks – yes Lids down at the bell Today’s learning objective: You will re-familiarize with our District databases to help you in the information gathering process of our Passion Project. Where to find them How to access them How to use them How to rephrase your questions/search technique
2.27.15 Chromebooks Reading Logs on your table please
Collect Reading Logs DateBookAuthorTimePagesSignature FEBRUARY READING TOTAL ______ HRS _______ MINUTES Underneath your last signed entry, total up how many hours and leftover minutes you read in the month of February You may count signed entries only
Quizlet Please go to Classroom and you will find a link to Quizlet This is an AWESOME quiz/test preparation site that you should use to study for our quizzes Take a few minutes to practice today
Reminder of our expectations You will research a question of academic significance that you create using our school databases You will find 6 sources (or more) that have credible value in answering your question You will conduct one interview of an expert in the field you are researching to include in your research report You will create one survey to give to your peers on your given topic to include in your research
What is the final product? A report of your findings An introductory paragraph that states your question and why you asked it A thesis that states your answer based on your research Each following paragraph will explain the components of your answer and the sources of your findings 1 paragraph per source 1 paragraph for your interview findings 1 paragraph for your survey results
Schedule MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday Continue Research Discuss Interview/ Research Discuss Survey/ Research Final Day to Research -Thesis due Monday MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday Work on introductory paragraph Work on main body paragraphs Work on polishResearch paper due
3.5.15 Chromebooks yes Today’s learning objective: You will learn the correct process for conducting an interview for the Passion Project. You will practice by contacting prospective experts in your field. Reminders – tomorrow is your second quiz and registration forms are due. Please consider Humanities 11 for next year
Interviews – why do we need to do them? One of the greatest disservices we do as a school is not getting you more interaction with the community at large Having interpersonal skills is the #1 request from most corporations for what they want from the next generation’s workforce (THAT MEANS YOU!) This will help you practice the basic but critical art of talking to adults Seeking out and conducting an interview is a requirement for this assignment Ignoring it will drop your grade dramatically
It is all in the approach… You have the advantage – most people WANT to talk to young people interested in their topic! How you introduce yourself is CRITICAL for getting a response “I have to do an interview for this stupid assignment so can you answer some questions?” “I have been researching ____ and I have a few short questions that I hope you can answer for me or direct me to another source. Thanks!”
Safety and Today Yes, face to face is best but most will conduct electronic interviews. Prepare your questions beforehand and send them in your inquiry Absolutely no solo missions – if you meet someone an adult MUST be present The alley behind Albertsons is not an appropriate meeting place for this project Let me know before you do any phone or in-person interviews DO NOT DIVULGE ANY PERSONAL OR PRIVATE INFORMATION in email or in person or over the phone. Go to Google Classroom Read the article on interviewing I’ve sent you Save the document that I’ve sent to you as well. Prepare questions you have for an expert. Your goal is to reach out to at least 3 potential experts in your field today
3.6.15 Chromebooks yes Please have vocabulary notebooks away when the bell rings
Goal for today Contact as many experts as you can!!! Final day for large chunks of research I am going to push our thesis due date because we were without Chromebook operation yesterday
3.9.15 Chromebooks and vocabulary notebooks please
Organizing our response Papers will be due on Friday regardless of whether you are here or not If you do not have 6 credible sources or if you feel your research has not developed an answer to your original question, you need to spend time on your own If you do not have an expert contacted, you need to spend time on your own In the interest of time, I am removing the survey portion of the assignment
Schedule MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday Introduction and Thesis HW: Thesis statement How to write main body paragraphs -Proper citations HW: Draft paragraphs Main body paragraph completion & Conclusion HW: Complete draft Annotated Bibliography and final edits HW: EDIT!!! Submit to turnitin.com
3/10/15 Chromebooks out and all Passion Project materials ready to go please
Submit introduction and thesis First I need you to color code your responses Why did you choose this topic? Highlight in yellow Why is this topic important to answer? In other words, so what? Highlight in green What are the small questions that led you to the big question? Highlight in blue What is your research question? (the big question) Highlight in blue Your thesis (the answer to the question) Highlight in copper/brown or whatever you call this
Writing your main body paragraphs Each of your research sources becomes the topic of your main body paragraph As before you narrate to me what you were looking for (your question) and what you found (the answer) You will directly cite from the source You will explain how that citation helped you answer your question
How to avoid plagiarism? Anything copy and pasted from the internet without a citation is plagiarism. Period. Please don’t do it – it is not necessary The citation is one small part (but very important) of your paragraph It should not dominate the story you are writing Use the OWL for a reference – I sent you a link
Writing main body paragraphs Recipe Introduce the question you are addressing Tell me the source for what you found Cite a small part that helped you answer the question Explain how this citation (quote/text) helped answer your big question Paragraphs are 7-10 sentences in length on average
3.11.15 Chromebooks – think it through… Do not recycle or throw away your quiz We need to talk about the back side next week.
Interview paragraph Try to write your interview paragraph today You will write it just like a normal paragraph but instead of citing a website, you will reference the questions you asked and how they answered them Explain their credentials in the opening lines Even if you did not get a response, you should write this paragraph, explaining all the people you contacted and the questions you asked.
3.12.15 Chromebooks out and ready please Today: Conclusion Annotated Bibliography
Conclusion Final paragraph of your research project No need to cite any sources This is where you wrap up the “story” Talk about the big question you came up with and the final, absolute, no stone unturned answer. Close with what’s next in your curious world…
What you will need for tomorrow Electronic copy of your finalized Passion Project Electronic copy of your research notes Electronic copy of your interview notes Copy of emails sent and received Copy of your handwritten notes if you interviewed a live person Annotated Bibliography (I will talk about this next)
Annotated Bibliography We will use easybib.com MLA style Annotated Short 2-3 sentence statement explaining why this website was helpful and how it answered your research question.