We've completed our PORTFOLIO FINAL: the Research Paper! Whew!
This week's learning target is our DIGITAL FINAL: "The Welcome to Black River Falls Middle School" video. Working collaboratively in production teams, you will choose a topic from the Student Handbook to teach new students and visitors to our school's website all about our life here at BRFMS.
Our focus is quality, clarity, information and relevance in this project. Our audience is real. You can see last year's sample HERE!
With our portfolio final completed, we will focus on our technology/digital final: The Welcome to Black River Falls Middle School PSA.
This movie will be shown to incoming 6th graders and students new to our school. Quality and clarity are key components to this final. Just as important is collaboration and responsibility as your team will rely on you doing your part...and doing it well...to complete your PSA message clip.
The final draft of your research paper is due this Friday at the end of class. Until then,
- revise, revise, revise!
- add details - use quotes, summarizing, and paraphrasing - PLAGIARIZING will result in an automatic fail, and you will have to redo your paper until it passes.
- cite all your sources
- have at least ten (10) sources in your Work Cited page
- use the samples and rubrics in your Research Binders to guide you
- get passes for In House to continue your work
- have 8-10 pages, including your Work Cited page. It counts as one page, regardless of how many sources you have.
This week is all about revisions and drafts. We will continue to add details to our research papers. We will format our Works Cited page and print and edit two different drafts of our research papers this week.
Next week, Friday, April 27, 2012, your FINAL draft of your research paper is due. There will be time in class devoted to revisions and editing conferences, but the research portion is now up to you.
I am giving you the destination, the time frame, and the classroom support. The mode of travel is up to you. Be sure to get help if you need it.
Remember, anyone mastering the research paper assessment (73%) will not need to take the research portion of finals at the end of the year. It is in your hands now. Good luck.
This week is all about your research paper...and the blues. Our learning targets are as follows:
- create and type a blues poem
- 4 stanzas
- 6 lines per stanza
- complain away your blues!
- complete taking notes and citing all sources for all research questions
- creating a Work Cited page, complete with at least ten (10) sources
- be prepared to start typing your research paper draft next week
This week is going to be intense with the actual "building" of our research papers! Here are our learning targets for the week:
We have a great deal of work to do, but everything is done during class time. Let's do our best and have pride in a job well done!
- evaluating appropriate sources
- citing sources
- creating a Work Cited/Bibliography page
- taking notes by either summarizing, paraphrasing, or directly quoting - your paper needs all three
- self-editing what we've written
As we begin the last quarter of your middle school career, let's finish strong! There is much excitement: register for high school courses, culminating science projects, Decades Fair, and yes, research papers! That will be our focus from now and until mid-May, when they are due. Check our calendar every day to see what is due, what to expect, and when. We're breaking it down into small puzzle pieces, and if you stay with me, I guarantee you will have a research paper you can be proud of!
"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another."
As we complete the 3rd quarter of school, our learning targets focus on reflection.
- What did we do well this quarter?
- What types of writing appeal most to us?
- How can I become a better writer?
We also have some time this week to revisit word origins as we tackle the Latin roots of ago, actus, and agere.
How weird is it that almost 75% of your 8th grade year is done? Let's finish strong!
This week begins the "big push" toward the end of Quarter 3! Please put these things on your priority list for English this week!
- For poetry this week, we will learn about the parody and create our own!
- Finish PCWs for Teacher Edits by Friday!
- Complete your research for your persuasive paper - be sure to paraphrase each of your facts/examples!
- Complete typing your persuasive paper draft for Friday
Well, March is here, folks! And, with March, comes the big push to the end of the term! Quarter 3 will soon be in the books, and we have much work to do! Here are this week's learning targets:
Make it a great week and Keep Writing!
- Vocabulary #15 (appropriately themed "planning and action")
- Persuasive essays - we will plan, research, draft and argue our opinions about a serious and debatable topic. This is one piece of writing that will challenge you and prepare you for the genres of writing you will encounter in the next steps of your education.
- Personal Choice Writing - it is imperative that you continue your PCWs. Next Friday, March 9th, all three are due for Teacher Editing.