Students in all classes are doing research, asking questions and writing. That has been the focus this week.
English 9 – In addition to their independent reading, students began an inquiry series called “Ask Me Anything.” They can type a question about any topic into a search engine and then they have to evaluate the sources where they get answers. They also have to do a journal where they document what they learn. We will be doing that about once a week all year long. Every five weeks I will be assessing their inquiry journals. I am attaching the documents for the activity here: Ask Me Anything; Inquiry Journal Prompt
How you can help: Throw out some questions YOU may be curious about. Certainly you have found yourself wondering about a topic such as, “How many four-year colleges ARE there in the U.S.?” or similar things. What do you do? I Google it – on my phone! But that does not always result in the right or even the most accurate answer!
English 9H – Here is what was posted to Google Classroom today:
On Wednesday, Nov. 23, I will be modeling the very first research discussion. To show students how to prepare for their research discussions, I have assigned an article that I am using in my research, along with questions that each student MUST answer in order to prepare for the discussion.
During class time today and tomorrow (Nov. 17 & 18) I am having half of the students complete the narrative assignment from Wednesday and half should be reading the article I assigned. Then, the next day, everyone should switch. I am doing this because I only have access to the 15 Chromebooks cart in my room and not the 30 unit cart I had on Wednesday. This gives us the unique opportunity to conduct a required reading during the class period instead of having to do it as homework. Please take advantage of this because the article is probably the longest non-fiction text you’ve ever been required to read. Get used to it. This is the future of conducting and sharing research. I am posting both the article link AND the questions to this assignment. Be sure to come to class prepared with both the article read and the questions answered for our whole class discussion on Wed., Nov. 23!!
Please continue to sign up for one-on-one meeting times with me to review your research so far, talk about your article and discussion plans and go over your research paper so far.
Here are the questions that go along with the article I assigned. Journalism Article; Article Questions
How you can help: Please encourage your student to set up a meeting time where they get to have one-on-one instruction about their research topic, methods and troubleshoot problems they encounter. This project demands a high level of independent work and I’m willing to help anyone who asks.