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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.

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1 Passion Project “What are you curious about?”

2 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

3 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?

4 Today  Open Google classroom and complete the initial assignment

5  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

6 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

7 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.

8 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.

9 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.

10 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?

11 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.

12 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?

13  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

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 Example Student 1 Academic Goal 1 – Academic Goal 2 – Personal Goal – Passion Project Question - Student 2 Student 3Student 4

19  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

20  Chromebooks  Reading Logs on your table please

21 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

22 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

23 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

24 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

25 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

26  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

27 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

28 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!”

29 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 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

30  Chromebooks yes  Please have vocabulary notebooks away when the bell rings

31 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

32  Chromebooks and vocabulary notebooks please

33 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

34 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

35 3/10/15  Chromebooks out and all Passion Project materials ready to go please

36 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

37 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

38 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

39 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

40  Chromebooks – think it through…  Do not recycle or throw away your quiz  We need to talk about the back side next week.

41 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.

42  Chromebooks out and ready please  Today:  Conclusion  Annotated Bibliography

43 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…

44 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 s sent and received  Copy of your handwritten notes if you interviewed a live person  Annotated Bibliography (I will talk about this next)

45 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.


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