Research

Students will identify the need for new historical accounts and construct interactive timeline of Michigan’s past.  Each student will adopt a different historical perspective, either Native American or European, to drive their timeline.

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During this three week unit, students practice and apply research skills while completing a project on a woman of their choice. Ideally, this project is taught around March, which is Women’s History Month. Summative assessments for this unit include the completed project and an annotated bibliography.

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              Learning looks like students engaged in something that interests them. It looks like a variety of things going all over the classroom. Perhaps it’s an art project in one part of the room, video editing in another, and some students cutting up magazines for a collage on another. Controlled chaos is the best environment for learning.

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Students will write a research paper about a topic of their choosing (something they want to learn more about) or a digital story, blog, website, etc. The focus of this learning cycle is for students to learn how to determine what is/isn’t a credible source, fake news. vs. real news, and how to present an argument/subject they are passionate about in a meaningful way.

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This unit includes a combination of fourth grade writing and social studies standards. It focuses on research and public discourse. 

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Constructing an annotated bibliography from research and using research topics as discussion starters.

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This is a unit plan in which students will work in small groups and use technology to research different topics related to a class novel, Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff.  They will then use this information to create a Google Slides presentation to share with the class.  This “We-Search” activity will be structured as a jigsaw.

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In the Law Day Unit the students ultimate goal is the presentation of the court case People V Stover.  The presentation occurs in a courtroom under the guidelines of the United States Court System.  Preparation of the case includes an understanding of our United States Constitution - our rights and our liberties.

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Focus on healthy living. Researching the topic using materials both online and off. Students will create pamphlet and digital slide presentation the share information with other students, and teachers.  Students to investigate the topic and work on their projects. They will strengthen core skills in research, reading , writing, and speaking and listening.

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 This lesson will focus on 2 of Shakespeare's famous tragedies: Hamlet and Othello. Shakespeare's historical impact on society through his writing will be discussed and debated.  Students will gain an appreciation for his writing style, use of language, and dramatic presentation. 

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