Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Greek Gods Research Report - Revising/Editing Reports & Projects

  1. IWBAT update my cover page to include a photo.
  2. IWBAT create a bibliography to list all sources used to research my god or goddess.
  3. IWBAT revise and edit my informational research report.
  4. IWBAT begin completing my project to present on Thursday or Friday.

Reports and Projects
due Thursday!

1. Today's Overview:
  • Review aims and agenda.
  • Review required assignments:
    • read Chapter 16
    • finish Quill lessons due on May 19th and 20th
    • update cover page
      • add a picture of your god or goddess
      • if you wish, change the size, font, and color of your title
    • create bibliography 
      • include all sources used to research information about your god/goddess
      • must use at least four sources (three research + one picture)
      • if you haven't already, paste your bibliography into the form to submit to Mr. T
    • revise and edit your rough draft

2. Read The Lightning Thief:
  • Chapter 16: "We take a zebra to Vegas" -- pp. 242-265
  • audiobook: Part 6 -- 35:42 to 1:00:00 AND Part 7 -- 0:00 to 14:42 (about 39 minutes)

3. Quill.org: complete the lesson(s) due this week, from May 19th through May 23rd

4. Update Cover Page:

  • Add an image to your cover page.
    • Copy and paste an image from the Internet, or:
    • Click the Insert menu. Select Image.
    • Select Search on the left side of pop-up window.
    • Type in the name of your god or goddess and click Search.
    • Select the image you like and click Insert.
  • If you wish, you may change the size, font, and layout of your title.

5. Create Bibliography with Every Source Used (at least 3 for research + 1 image!):

  • 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.
  • We must all cite the sources of any images used.
  • 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.
  • When you have finished creating your bibliography, paste it into your research report.
    • Go to CiteThisForMe.
    • Make sure the citation style is configured as MLA (7th edition).
    • Click Download Bibliography.
    • Select Copy and Paste.
    • Select all of the citations. Use Ctrl + C to copy.
    • Paste the citations onto the last page of your research report, under the heading Works Cited. You should replace (or delete) the helper text. Use Ctrl + V to paste the citations. 
  • If you haven't already, copy and paste your bibliography into the form below, for Mr. T to check:
    6. Review Research Report Criteria for Success:
    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 sourcecitations 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
    • Reminders about your report:
      • The report should be SEVEN 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.

    7. Revise Your Research Report:
    • Make your report more detailed.
      • Look for short paragraphs and research more information to add in these paragraphs
        • Be sure to cite these additional sources and add it to your bibliography!
    • Make your writing more interesting.
      • Don't list facts!
      • Add short myths/stories to better explain your facts.
      • Add transitions to help guide from one idea to the next, and from one paragraph to the next.
    • Swap computers with a partner and ask for feedback.

    8. Edit Your Research Report:
    • Format matters. 
      • I have read my report aloud to make sure I am not missing any words and to make sure all of my writing makes sense.
      • I have written in complete sentences. 
      • I have used academic vocabulary and tone. (no slang!)
      • I have indented each paragraph
      • I have not put spaces (gaps) between paragraphs.
      • I have checked for proper subject-verb agreement. 
    • Capitalization counts. 
      • I have capitalized the first word of each sentence. 
      • I have capitalized all proper nouns: specific people/gods, places, things, and dates. 
    • Spell well. 
      • I have checked the spelling of difficult words or words that don’t look right. 
      • I have checked the spelling of all names, places, and myths.
      • I have used the correct form of there/their/they’re, to/two/too, and you’re/your
    • Punctuate correctly. 
      • I have used end punctuation (. ? !) correctly. 
      • There are no run-on sentences. I have used semicolons or commas and FANBOYS to make these into compound sentences.
      • I have used apostrophes in contractions and to show possession.
      • I have added a space after each period and comma.

    Finished Early? You may:

    Research Sources: The following are credible sources for researching your Greek god/goddess:
    A.    Encyclopedia Britannica: www.school.eb.com (username: kippbayview, password: ligers)
    B.    Encyclopedia Mythica: www.pantheon.org/miscellaneous/greek_vs_roman.html
    C.     The British Museum: www.ancientgreece.co.uk/gods/explore/exp_set.html
    D.    Greek-Gods.orgwww.greek-gods.org/olympian-gods.php
    E.     Greek-Gods.info: http://greek-gods.info/greek-gods/
    F.     MythWeb: www.mythweb.com/gods/index.html
    G.    Theoi Greek Mythology: www.theoi.com/greek-mythology/olympian-gods.html
    H.    Mythography: www.loggia.com/myth/olympians.html
    I.      Myths and Legends of the World at Encylopedia.comwww.encyclopedia.com
    K.     AncientGreece.comwww.ancientgreece.com/s/Mythology/
    L.     Ancient Greek Gods for Kids: http://greece.mrdonn.org/greekgods/index.html

    This Week's Homeworkyour Greek gods project -- due Thursday, May 22nd
    • Create a creative way to display information about your Greek god/goddess. Some ideas include:
      • video
      • poster, collage, or storyboard
      • slideshow presentation
      • flipboard
      • brochure
      • diorama
      • skit
      • song or rap
      • webpage
      • children's book / comic book / graphic novel
      • map or timeline
      • something else! use your imagination!
    • Here are some guidelines:
      • You should teach us many facts about your god/goddess in your presentation.
      • Your presentation should last 1-2 minutes (no more, no less).
        • half will present on Thursday, half on Friday
      • You must have something to turn in.
    • Your presentation must be: (this is how you'll be graded)
      • informative
      • creative
      • thoughtful and professional
      • easy to understand

    This Week's Schedule:
    • Monday: create bibliography, update cover page, start projects
    • Tuesday: revise/edit report, continue projects
    • Wednesday: revise/edit report, finish projects
    • Thursday: reports due, project presentations - part 1
    • Friday: project-presentations - part 2

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