Thursday, October 4, 2012

Antarctica Article

In class, we started our Antarctica writing project. In this project you will be given information about Antarctica from a variety of sources.  Through examination, discussion, analysis and note taking, you will gather information about Antarctica.  With the information you record, you will write an article about Antarctica.

Your final, type-written article is due FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12. 

Please keep your packet of note-taking sheets with you for every Social Studies class.  You will need to turn them in at the end of the project with your article.

Note Taking:  It is important that you thoroughly read through and examine the 6 Sources that are shown to you in class.  On your note taking sheet, you will record the source and 4 facts that you can learn from that source.  You will be working with partners on this so it will be important to have conversations about the Sources.

Writing your Article:  The article should be 1-2 paragraphs in length.  Your article should be written as an informational article about Antarctica.  From the 6 sources you take notes from, you will need to use details from at least 4 different sources in your article. Your article must be typed.

Here is the Grading Rubric for this project:
Antarctica Project Rubric
Organization (Writing)                                            ___/ 8 pts
  • Correct paragraph structure with ideas and details that fit together logically (4 difference sources)
  • Correct paragraph structure with ideas and details that fit together logically (3 different sources
  • Does not have proper paragraph structure throughout; placement of ideas and details is confusing at times (2 different sources)
  • Lacks paragraph structure; placement of ideas and details is confusing and interferes with the reader’s understanding (1 source)
Ideas (Writing)                                                ___/ 8 pts    
  • Support - specific details, examples, explanations and evidence are relevant and/or accurate, all clearly work to support the main topic
  • Support - specific details, examples and evidence are relevant and/or accurate, all work to support the main topic
  • Support - details, examples and evidence may not clearly support the main topic; may not use enough details, or some details may be off-topic or inaccurate
  • Support - does not use details, examples and evidence to support the main topic                                  
Conventions (Writing)                                            ___/ 4 pts 
  • Spelling, Capitalization, Punctuation (almost no mistakes)
  • Spelling, Capitalization, Punctuation (a small number of mistakes)
  • Spelling, Capitalization, Punctuation (several mistakes)
  • Spelling, Capitalization, Punctuation (mistakes make paragraph difficult to understand)
                                                                   
Student Professionalism                                            ___/ 3 pts 
  • Works appropriately with peers in a collaborative setting
  • Works inefficiently with peers in a collaborative setting
  • Works inefficiently with peers in a collaborative setting and needs to work independently                                                                    
Student Professionalism                                            ___/ 4 pts 
  • Consistently comes to class with all required materials
  • Comes to class with most required materials
  • Comes to class with some required materials
  • Comes to class with few required materials    
                                                                       
Student Professionalism                                            ___/ 3 pts 
  • Turns in assignment on time
  • Does not turn in assignment on time
  • Does not turn in assignment

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