The goal of this inquiry project is for students to write an argumentative research paper exploring a fatal flaw of a present day or historical figure and the consequences of their fatal flaw.
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This is a collaborative lesson taught by both the classroom teacher and the school librarian. Get in contact with your school librarian early to discuss scheduling and teaching responsibilities.
This lesson plan is a guideline. If you need to make minor adjustments or changes to best suit the needs of your students or the resources in your building, please do so. If you have questions about the curricular requirements, please contact Shelley Erickson or Julie Schik.
At the completion of this lesson, you will need to send two student examples each of a level 2, 3, and 4 project to your curriculum specialist or department head who will in turn submit them to your supervisor. This can be electronically or as a hard copy.
Teacher—be sure to complete this before going to library/lab:
Students will select a present day or historical figure who had a fatal flaw which led to their inevitable downfall. Students may select off of a provided list or make a case for their own selection (Selection examples/brainstorming sheet included).
Teacher will introduce the requirements for the project. (See Synthesis & Sharing)
Librarian—can update topic lists based on library specific resources. Can also introduce online resources if a pre-topic selection exploration activity is desired.
Formative Assessment: Verify all information is recorded on student handouts (can be a visual check or graded assessment)
With direct instruction from the school librarian (with support from the classroom teacher) on search strategies and recommended resources, students will locate required information about their topic:
Possible Sources of information:
Your librarian will use your school's direct links to the following district databases when working with students.
Formative Assessment: Consistent and frequent verbal and visual checks with student to assess if they are able to access quality resources.
Teacher will guide students through transferring information into a notes organizer. (TBD by teacher and/or self-selected by students. An example basic outline is attached).
With direct instruction and support from the school librarian, students will create citations for their sources. Recommendation to use district subscription to Noodle Tools. Teacher will provide instruction on internal citations.
Formative Assessment: Visual checks for completion. And/or, individual conferencing with students to determine if ready to move on to synthesis and sharing.
Teacher will review the requirements for the final project and assist students as necessary.
Possible project ideas may include but are not limited to: a formal essay, a children's book, a comic book, a PechaKucha presenation, movie, commercial, etc. all of which will need to include a bibliography.
Primarily visual products should also be accompanied by a written component. All final products will include the required information listed above in Info Seeking/Location & Access. (Support documents are included.)
Optional: Verbal presentation for the entire class or in small groups.
Formative Assessment: Rough draft feedback.
Summative Assessment: Use provided rubric to grade final product.
Teacher will guide students as they complete the self-evaluation form containing teacher selected items from the form included below.
The self-evaluation can be as brief (one question) or as long as the teacher deems necessary. This can be a graded or non-graded activity.
Noodletools provides a format for creating research papers. It provides an area for notetaking, citation creation, and paper formation.
Guides for using Noodle Tools
This 20 minute video gives an overview on how to use NoodleTools.
This video shows how to create a new project.
This video shows how to check the format of your citation.
This video shows how to add a preformatted citation from a database or website.
Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-9822).
Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-9822).