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  • Passion Project Assignment Sheet Have you ever wanted to teach the class about something you are really interested in??? Here is your chance!!! Task: Select a topic. It may be any topic you would like, as long as it is school appropriate. It should be a topic that is very interesting to you! The topic should be manageable, not too broad. You will present your topic to the class. It should be an example of your very best work. You will have class time to work on this project.

    Checklist 1) Part 1: Investigative Research (Web/Outline, 16 Note Cards, Website Eval Forms) - Due Date is February 10th ___ Select a topic to research. My topic is______________________________________. ___ Determine 4 areas to focus your search on.

    (Example- I am passionate about sharks. I will focus on their habitat, physical features, interactions with humans, and preservation). Please see Mrs. Kime if you need help deciding on your focus areas.

    ___ My focus areas are _______________________________, _________________________, ___________________________, and ___________________________________.

    ___ Research Questions: There are two types of questions. We want THICK Questions!

    Examples Thin: What is 3D printing? THICK: How can 3D printing benefit students and school? Thin: When did the Olympics start? THICK: How have the Olympics changed from when they first began? Thin: What equipment is used in baseball? Thick: What are the ethical issues of baseball equipment? Thick: Prove that baseball equipment has become safer over time. Thick: Who created the original baseball equipment?

    See Mrs. Kime if you need help making a Thin Question into a Thick Question. You will write and answer 16 Thick Questions (4 per each focus area)

    Thick Questions

    Ideas: Facts + opinions

    Why? How?

    Longer answers

    A lot of research is needed to

    arrive at a conclusion

    Thin Questions

    Facts

    Who? What? Where? When?

    Yes/no or short answers

    Quick and easy to answer

  • ____Complete an outline (web or traditional, Mrs. Kime will show you how to do this) that will help you organize your thinking. These will be the questions you investigate and research using books, magazines, interviews, video clips, and the internet. ____Write the question, answer, and source on a note card. You should have one note card per question. You will end up with 16 note cards. Try to vary your sources so they come from different places (books, internet, interview, etc.) You may want to use different colored note cards for the different focus areas. You can do your note cards electronically if you choose. ___Submit a website evaluation form for each website used as a source.

    ___ Note cards will be checked and returned to you. Sample Note Card: (One side of note card) (Other side of note card) 2) Part 2: Nonfiction Writing Collection- Due Date is March 31st ____Rather than one large informational report, you will create a minimum of four shorter pieces to inform your audience about your topic. This is playful nonfiction, not a fact dump. Your writings should be creative, but based in facts. Below is a list of different types of nonfiction genres. You will write at least four pieces, one for each focus area. Your collection may (and really should) have more than four pieces. Biography Memoir Autobiography Diaries and Journals Letter Law Readers Theater How-To Poetry Song Lyrics Food/Travel Writing Persuasive Essay Article Speech Plus many other types

    Focus Area- Types of Sharks

    Question: What impact do humans have on the

    shark population?

    It is estimated that up to 100 million sharks

    are killed by people every year, due to

    commercial and recreational fishing.

    Source: Website

    Site Title: Tree Hugger

    Page Title: 10 Amazing but Endangered Shark

    Species: How Many Do You Know?

    Address: http://www.treehugger.com

    Date: August 15th

    , 2002

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biographyhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memoirhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autobiographical_novelhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diaryhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letter_%28message%29

  • ___ Items in your Collection should be edited and in published form ___Create a cover page for your Collection ___Create a Table of Contents for your Collection ___Include your outline at the start of your Collection ___ Create a formal bibliography page using MLA Style. (Check out Son of Citation or Owl Online Writing for help). Include this in your Collection. 3) Part 3: Presentation/Lesson- Due Date is May 19th ___ Complete the lesson plan template that will help guide you through your presentation. This needs approval three days before you present! ___ Create a quick assessment (quiz, written response, white board questions, etc.) to have the class show they learned from your lesson. ___ Visual Aids (these should add to your lesson) ___ An activity for the class to do (game, worksheet, word search, art project, etc.) ___ A book to show the class that connects with your topic Presentation/Lesson should be at least 30 minutes long and may be up to an hour. Mrs. Kime can make copies if you need them; just let her know in advance! Here are some ideas you may want to include in your presentation/lesson:

    Poster board to show information

    Power Point

    Brochure

    Puppet show

    Game

    Reading of a story

    Video clip

    A trip out to the playground to show us about your topic (if related)

    You have total creative freedom!! You must meet with Mrs. Kime once a week to check in and discuss your project. We will discuss a timeline and agenda for your lesson.

    http://www.citationmachine.net/mla/cite-a-bookhttps://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

  • SAMPLE Lesson Plan Template for Sharks

    Lesson Part Planned Event Time Reminders/Notes

    Intro/Engage Play music from Jaws as class writes 1 shark fact they already know on sticky note.

    5 minutes Have a few students share their notes.

    Sharing of info - Shark Poster - Video clip - Model of shark - Shark

    brochures

    3 minutes 10 minutes 5 minutes 7 minutes (25 minutes total)

    Walk around with poster, dont rush!

    Interactive Activity Shark teeth sorting to match each shark

    12 minutes Explain before passing out supplies!

    Book Share title/author 1 minute Show detailed picture on page 36

    Assessment Shark Quiz Show 10 minutes

    Other Q&A/ feedback 5 minutes

  • Lesson Plan Template for _______________________________

    Lesson Part Planned Event Time Reminders/Notes

    Intro/Engage (10 points)

    Sharing of info (30 points)

    Interactive Activity (20 points)

    Book (5 points)

    Assessment (15 points)

    Other

  • The Passion Project Part 1: Investigative Research Rubric

    10 points 5 points 1 point Web/Outline Outline includes all

    components and is completed in an

    organized manner

    Outline is missing components, but is

    completed in an organized manner

    Outline missing components and is not

    completed in an organized manner

    30 points 15 points 5 points

    Note Cards All 16 note cards are completed with the

    question, answer, and source documented

    10-15 note cards are completed with the

    question, answer, and source documented

    Fewer than 10 note cards are completed with the question, answer, and

    source documented, or note cards are missing

    information

    10 points 5 points 1 point

    Sources All sources are credible and properly

    documented on note cards and website

    evaluation forms are all completed.

    Most sources are credible and properly

    documented on note cards and most website

    evaluation forms are completed.

    Some sources are credible and properly documented on note

    cards and some website evaluation forms are

    completed.

    Part 1 Total /50 points

  • Part 2: Written Collection Rubric 10 9 8 7 6 5 Average

    Id

    eas The report focuses

    on one topic. All details and facts are related and accurate.

    The report focuses on one topic. Most of the details and facts are related.

    The report focuses on one topic. Some of the information is vague or not related to the topic.

    The report does not focus on one topic. Some

    details and facts may be inaccurate.

    The focus is vague. Information and details are very general and not based on facts.

    The topic is not clear. Many details and facts are not related to the topic.

    Org

    aniz

    atio

    n The report has a

    strong intro, body, and conclusion. The conclusion sums up the report in a memorable way.

    The report has an intro, body, and conclusion. The conclusion sums up the report.

    The report has an intro, body, and conclusion. The introduction and conclusion are not strong.

    The report has an intro, body, and conclusion. The conclusion does not sum up the report.

    The intro and body are weak or incomplete. The conclusion does not sum up the report.

    The report does not have an intro, body, or conclusion.

    Vo

    ice

    The writers voice sounds Knowledgeable. It is clear the writer cares about the topic.

    The writers voice sounds knowledgeable and informative most of the time.

    The writers voice sounds Knowledgea-ble some of the time. The writer seems to care about th

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