Thursday, May 15, 2014

Greek Gods Research Report - Drafting, Part 1

IWBAT begin to draft my informational research report about a Greek god or goddess.

Remember, always put ideas in your own words when taking notes.
Plus, remember to cite each source in MLA format!
1. Homework Check (5 minutes)Chapter 12

2. Today's Overview:
  • Review aims and agenda.
  • Review required assignments (by end of class):
    • read Chapter 13
    • finish Quill lessons due on May 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th
    • draft three paragraphs of report: introduction, family, and history

3. Read The Lightning Thief:

4. (10 minutes): complete the lesson(s) due this week, from May 12th though May 16th

5. View Criteria for Success & Exemplars:

  • View exemplars from previous students.
  • Determine what makes these reports excellent.
  • View rubric with criteria for success: (20 points possible, weighted as large test grade)

of the project
exceeds expectations: includes 7 or more paragraphs with abudant information about the godmeets expectations: includes 7 paragraphs with sufficient information about the goddoes not meet all of the expectations of the project
use of informationaccurate, relevant, and paraphrased information from sources makes the report clear, effective, and informativeinformation from print or online sources gives sufficient information about the godinformation is lacking, incomplete, or plagiarised, or does not clearly relate to the content of the paragraph/report
fluencywriting is interesting and easy to read aloud, with ideas flowing smoothly from one to the nextwriting is somewhat interesting and easy to read; may lack effective transitions or varietywriting is choppy or lacks student's voice; sentences may be formulaic or repetitive
bibliography /
works cited
four or more sources are correctly cited in MLA formatcitations are not in correct MLA format, or lacking one source citations are incomplete or missing
conventionsstrong use of conventions (capitalization, punctuation, spelling, grammar)contains errors but the writing is still easy to understandcontains many errors in capitalization, punctuation, spelling, or grammar
presentationwriting is consistently neat and professional, using proper MLA formatting; the cover page is complete and attractivewriting is mostly professional; the cover page is completewriting is not professional or includes many formatting errors; the cover page may be missing or lacking information or an image
on-timework was completed and submitted on-time

6. Begin Drafting:
  • Open Google Drive.
  • Find the document called "Greek Gods Research Report" and open it.
    • You can also find a link to this document in your email (from Mr. T, this morning).
  • Change the report title and the name on the cover page and page 2 (where the report starts).
  • Begin typing your report.
    • Your goal for today is to draft your first three paragraphs.
    • Each paragraph should be at least five sentences.
    • Don't just list information! Make your voice come through in writing. Make it flow naturally. Make it interesting.
    • We are keeping this professional. Don't change the font, text size, or colors. 
    • Formatting: Keep your report double-spaced. Don't add extra spaces between paragraphs. Indent each paragraph with the TAB key. Add one space after each period.

Note: If you are not finished researching, you must do this first.
  • Use any of the sources (below), listed A through L.
  • Takes notes in your graphic organizers. Try to finish all of the graphic organizers today!
  • Next to each note, write the source code to indicate this information came from (A for Encyclopedia Britannica, B for Encyclopedia Mythica, C for The British Museum, D for, etc. -- see resources list below and match with the letter shown in the list).

On Monday: Update Your Bibliography with Every Source Used (at least three!):
  • A bibliography is a list of sources used writing a research report.
  • We will cite every source we use, even if it's one small photo or piece of information. We must do this to show that our writing is credible and to avoid plagiarizing.
  • Generally, we start with the author's name, then the article title, then the publication name and publishing information.
    • example from Encyclopedia Mythica:
      • Tuccinardi, Ryan. 'Hestia'. Encyclopedia Mythica. N. p., 1997. Web. 12 May. 2014.
  • We can use a tool, CiteThisForMe, to help us create our bibliography
    • Press the logo on the site you want to cite
    • Click MLA and then Cite this page.
    • Finally, click Add to bibliography.
    • In your bibliography, edit the citation to make sure that all the information is correct (click the pencil symbol). Update the title of the article, author's name (if given), etc.
  • We can also use the bibliography to go back to our sources and reread our research.

Finished Early? You may:

Research Sources: The following are credible sources for researching your Greek god/goddess:
A.    Encyclopedia Britannica: (username: kippbayview, password: ligers)
B.    Encyclopedia Mythica:
C.     The British Museum:
F.     MythWeb:
G.    Theoi Greek Mythology:
H.    Mythography:
I.      Myths and Legends of the World at
L.     Ancient Greek Gods for Kids:

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