Throughout the course of this 1st quarter, we will be working towards the goal of refining our skills as narrative writers. We will also be working on building up our skills as writers of informational texts. To do so, we are using this checklist as a means to remain organized and on task. This checklist should be at school everyday as sometimes things will be deleted, dates might adjust, or assignments may be added. I ask that you be flexible. Note: being flexible is far easier if you don’t leave assignments to the last minute.
This unit honors the 4Cs: Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Communication. That is, we will use all of these skills throughout the unit. This unit expects that you submit some assignments online, and some in class. You will also be interacting via MyBigCampus, so make sure all issues have been resolved as soon as possible so you can make your deadlines.
I have also included links as resources to help in your own independent learning. The expectation is that you are learning with me and despite of me. You are learning with others and on your own. You are learning, but you are also teaching others. You are also expected to be your own advocate. Have questions? Freaking out? Talk to me. I’m your guide, and I’m here to help you achieve these goals to the best of your ability. I’m also here to push you to challenge what you think of as your best.
Attached is a rough checklist of assignments that we will be chipping away at throughout the course of this unit.
Good luck, and reach out to me anytime.
firstname.lastname@example.org (remember to use your name in your subject line)
email@example.com Assigned ASSIGNMENT DUE TARDY?
To hone in on the topic that you are really interested in writing and speaking about, fill out the following worksheet for a subject that you might want to focus on. Don’t worry at this point about research, we’re just trying to commit to a topic that you can enjoy learning about.
LIST 3 FACTS YOU ALREADY KNOW ABOUT THIS TOPIC:
ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS: (answer on the back)
1. Why is this person/issue/event important?
2. Why are you interested in this topic? How do you think you relate to it?
3. Why do you think it’s important for your audience to learn about this topic?
4. What is a possible theme that you can develop and write with in mind?
What’s going to help you to research this topic? Where are you going to find your information? Check off the resource (s) you believe you will use. Don’t worry. You’re not committed yet. In fact, as you research, you’ll find your list of resources grows. One will lead you to another.
21st Century Connection: When you use Google to browse information, don’t forget the Google Advanced Search. Advanced Search allows you to search magazines, scholarly articles, blogs, newsfeeds, and books. You can search by date released, by keywords, even by format. In other words, you can find Powerpoints on your topic authored by college professors in the last two years. Clearly, your research would be more efficient and of a better quality if you start using Google Advanced Search.