Coming up in March is the kick off for our next research project, Night of the Notables. During the Night of the Notables Project each student will be responsible for selecting an “eminent” person from a designated portion of history. They may choose notable, positive figures from the sciences, arts, politics, sports, entertainment, etc during the assigned time period.
This project will include in-depth research and will involve accumulating material from a variety of sources including our class library and Multnomah County Library. We will be learning to use the Reader’s Guide, biographies, and periodicals. During our trip to the Multnomah County library we will additionally use the computer periodical index and the newspaper index for the Oregonian. We will also be writing letters of inquiry to various sources, which may help in providing information and/or materials for the report and learning center.
Our research will culminate with a special night to which all the families are invited! Our Night of the Notables will require all students to dress as their eminent person. Guests are invited to ask our personages yes or no questions in an effort to determine their identity. We will then proceed to the “Museum” for viewing of the learning centers representing our notable people. The children will be guided throughout this process and information will continue to come home. Support and encouragement are important, as this is a hefty project.
This one project helps your student to work towards mastery on all of the following objectives:
- Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
- Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
- Analyze how two or more authors writing about the same topic shape their presentations of key information by emphasizing different evidence or advancing different interpretations of facts.
- Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
- Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject
- Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
- With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
- Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.
- Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
- Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Please let me know if your child has a Multnomah County library card. If they do not, then we will need to provide them with the applications to bring home and fill out prior to our library visit. Thank you!