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What Is Allowed for Homework
  • Reading sources. Every student has been provided at least one nonfiction book on his/her topic. Those books can be signed out in the classroom for a period of one day. If a nonfiction book was not available, the student was provided with websites.
  • Students can search for websites and read websites about their topics.
  • Students can make informal personal notes about what information they have read and would like to include on their notecards. For example: a student has been reading a book and has found something useful in the third chapter, fifth paragraph. He/she could jot that down to save class time for creating notecards about the information they have found. These notes will not be checked, but doing this could be an invaluable time saver!
  • No work should be done on NoodleTools at home without direct permission from Ms. Drake, Ms. Dozier, or Ms. Covey!

Genius Hour Paper
Your paper should be 6 paragraphs, typed (about 600 words). The format should be double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font. Your paper should include a bibliography in MLA citation style which we will work on together in class. The bibliography would be an additional page, or in other words, your paper is two pages and your bibliography is another page. You should follow all rules of grammar that you have learned up to this point.
Outline
I. Introduction: What is my project about? (1 paragraph)
This paragraph should explain:
  1. a. What gave you the idea to learn about this topic?
  2. b. What do you expect to learn?
i. If you are comparing, name 3 ways you will be comparing.
ii. If you are explaining a procedure, summarize the beginning, middle, and end.
iii. If you are evaluating a topic, name 3 ways you will judge the topic.
iv. If you learning about the history of a topic, summarize the origins, how the topic developed, and what the topic is like now.
v. If none of these describe your project, see Ms. Drake.
II. What did I learn? (3 paragraphs)
These paragraphs should be:
  1. a. If you are comparing, one paragraph for each of the 3 ways you decided to compare your topics.
  2. b. If you are explaining a procedure, one paragraph for each: beginning, middle, and end.
  3. c. If you are evaluating a topic, one paragraph for each of the 3 ways you will judge the topic.
  4. d. If you learning about the history of a topic, one paragraph for each: the origins, how the topic developed, and what the topic is like now.
  5. e. If none of these describe your project, see Ms. Drake.
III. Conclusion:
  1. a. What was my biggest challenge? What was my biggest success? (1 paragraph)
  2. b. What will I do with this learning in the future? (1 paragraph)


Final Product
Along with your paper, you will create a Discovery Education Board. The board should include at least 2, no more than 5, text areas, one image (no more than 2), and one video about your topic. You will use the board to present information about your project to your peers. The board should not say everything your paper says, although it should assist in you in stating the important points of your research.


Rubric

Paper
4
3
2
1
Follow Guidelines
Length, Outline, Bibliography
Not following guidelines in no more than one area: length, outline, or bibliography.
Not following guidelines in no more than two areas: length, outline, or bibliography.
Not following guidelines in all three areas.
Address Content
Each section addresses the question you were asked to write about. Evidence from notes is cited where necessary.
No more than one:
Section doesn’t address question.
Missing section.
Evidence is not cited.
No more than two:
Section doesn’t address question.
Missing section.
Evidence is not cited.
More than two of the:
Section doesn’t address question.
Missing section.
Evidence is not cited.
Grammar
All rules followed.
No more than one:
Most followed, but some errors, or spelling errors.
Some major errors, and spelling errors.
Many grammar and spelling errors.
Evidence of Learning
4
3
2
1
Noodle Tools
At least 3 cards from 3 sources completed and placed in outline order with all source information completed.
Missing no more than one:
Less than 3 cards for a source
Missing cards from outline
Source information
Missing no more than two:
Less than 3 cards for a source
Missing cards from outline
Source information
Missing more than two:
Less than 3 cards for a source
Missing cards from outline
Source information
Sources
World Book, book, and website of your choice.
Missing one source.
Missing two sources.
No sources.
Calendar
All entries complete.
Missing no more than two entries.
Missing between 2 and 5 entries..
Missing more than 5 entries.
Product and Presentation
4
3
2
1
Product
Includes at least 2, no more than 5, text areas, one image (no more than 2), and one video about your topic. All text is spelled correctly. Board is visually appealing.
Problem with one:
Text area
Image
Video
Spelling
Board design
Problem with two:
Text area
Image
Video
Spelling
Board design
Problem with three or more::
Text area
Image
Video
Spelling
Board design
Presentation
(An average of Presentation Rubric)
Master ranking in 3 or more categories with Journeyman rankings in the rest.
Master ranking in no more than 3 categories with a combination of Journeyman or Novice rankings in the rest.
A combination of Journeyman or Novice rankings in all categories.
Novice rankings in all categories.