BRAINSTORMING AND SELECTING A TOPIC
1. In order to help you understand the group dynamics needed for this project, look over the following procedures.
- Procedure for Brainstorming: http://webquest.sdsu.edu/processguides/brainstorming.html
- Building Consensus: http://webquest.sdsu.edu/processguides/consensus.html
2. With your group, brainstorm historical topics or people you would like to research. This website may help you brainstorm ideas. You can search by dates, events, or timelines. Go to http://www.decades.com/Timeline/Default.asp Topics for your research could include the following:
- The Salem Witch Trials
- The bombing of Pearl Harbor
- The sinking of the Titanic
- Man's first walk on the moon
- The assassination of President Kennedy
- A significant battle in history
- The discovery of America
- The Black Plague
- Queen Elizabeth
3. Narrow your search to two events you are interested in for the research paper. You may choose a KWHL graphic organizer or a Compare/Contrast graphic organizer.
4. From the list, select the topic for your group to research.
5. Once you have determined your topic, select a graphic organizer to use while researching. Go to http://www.writedesignonline.com/organizers/sequence.html#eventschain
RESEARCH TIME . . .
1. One of the challenges in research is to determine the authenticity of the website. The following product guide will help you in this process. http://webquest.sdsu.edu/processguides/evaluating_student.html
2. Primary source documents allow you to get closer to the subject matter. To get the most of a document you must examine who wrote it, why, the intended audience, motives or intentions, and what information is being presented. This guide will help you sort through any number of primary source documents.
3. Now that you are ready to go, break the research task into segments for your group members. You might divide the task by time periods or events. Make sure the work is divided fairly. Each group member should visit three to four websites to determine relevant information to share with the group. Record your research findings on index cards. On one side of the index card, record the events, quotes, information. On the other side, record the documentation.
Author's name (last name first). Document title. Date of Internet publication. Date of access <URL>.
This website will help support you in citing your sources:
4. When you have completed the research, meet with your group and exchange information. Make a three column note graphic organizer. Label it with these headings:
1. Must Have Details
2. Important But Not Vital
3. Details I Can Leave Out
As you are each discussing the information you discovered in the research phase, list the events in the three column graphic organizer. Discuss your placement with your group and come to a consensus on the must have details. You might find that the genre you select could determine if you include details from the second column.
PRODUCING THE FINAL PRODUCT
1. Now that you have conducted the research, it is time to select the formats/modes for demonstrating your learning. Each group member should select a different format. Possible choices could include the following.
- Personal letter
- Formal letter
- Short Story
- Poetry Collection
2. Go to netTreeker and conduct a search on format guidelines for the mode you have chosen. Visit at least three sites and record the following:
- Characteristics of the format
- Suggestions for writing in that format
- What you will include
- Text features for the mode
3. The next step in the process is to capture the main points you want to write about. With your group, share the information you have learned about the topic. Remember, this is historical fiction that will include the contributions of all your research team. The mode of writing you select for your final product will determine the type of information you include. For example, a friendly letter would include more personal information than a resume.
Use chart paper to record the significant events in the life of the character or in the event you are writing about. Remember, you can make up a character in history as long as you stay true to the facts and the time period.
4. Before you being the actual writing, take a few minutes and review the instructional philosophy on writing found on this website: http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca/docs/mla/write.html
Even though this is a teacher website, the information should be a review for you. Divide your notebook into two columns. On one column, list five ideas you think are important to this assignment. In the second column, explain how you will address the ideas in your final product.
5. Once you have the details you are going to write about, you are ready to begin your drafting. The following steps are required for the project:
- Prewriting / Brainstorming notes
- Research notes
- Prewriting (this could be a list from your group discussion)
- Rough draft
- Self Editing: For this section, refer to the requirements for the mode of writing you have selected.
- Peer Editing: Use this form: http://webhome.idirect.com/~stevk/peereditingform.pdf
(Some of the questions will not apply to the mode of writing you have selected.)
- Final product