Last Thursday we launched one of our biggest projects of the year: Night of the Notables. This is an in-depth research and essay writing project. Students are given the opportunity to choose a historical figure of interest and write about them.
Sixth grade is assigned to historical figures who were eminent PRIOR to 1910. This means we have thousands of years of history to choose from. Isn't sixth grade the best?
Character selection and a contract were due this morning. Most students turned them in, but some did not. This is critical, because they must come to school tomorrow with an address for a person or institution to contact. Here's a helpful example of what this will look like:
Mr. Vieira was approved to research Voltaire. He was thrilled! He went home that night and looked online for places that might have information about Voltaire. He searched for:Library of VoltaireInformation on VoltaireVoltaire MuseumHe found an actual Museum in Geneva. The Voltaire Museum seemed to be the more promising of his results, so he wrote down their address and brought it to class. On Tuesday he will be hand-writing a business letter which will be mailed out that same day. He is really glad he didn't procrastinate!
If your child has not had a character approved, they need to work on it diligently tonight and bring their form filled in tomorrow. It would be a good idea for them to also try to find an address to contact for each of their top two choices, as there is no guarantee their top choice will be approved.
There seems to be some confusion about 6th grade's assigned time period. Eight grade is assigned post-WWII, seventh grade is assigned WWI to WWII, and sixth grade is assigned anything prior to WWI. This means that 6th grade can study any character who was eminent PRIOR to WWI, with a tentative cut-off date of 1910.
Sixth Graders can study anything from the industrial revolution, American immigration and early reform, back through the French Revolution, American Revolution, Middle Ages, Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece.... we have thousands of years to choose from!
Below is a digital copy of the NON timeline, contract, and general information. There is also a copy of the character selection form that was due today. Please let me know if there are further ways I can help. This should be a fun and interesting experience for students!