Students happily turned in their final drafts of their Wealth essays, and I can’t wait to read them!! My hope is to have those finished and back in the students’ hands by the end of the week. In the meantime, students will move on to the final phase of this project: presenting. With each unit, we’ll go through the QUEST acronym (Question, Understand, Evaluate, Synthesize, Team/Transform/Transmit). This week is all about Transforming and Transmitting. Students will take the argument they developed in writing and transform it into a 2-3 minute presentation they’ll give for their peers on Wednesday and Thursday. As this is our first main presentation, my goals are simple: 1. Create a cohesive, engaging presentation, 2. Cite your information properly. Students worked hard on organizing and planning their presentations today. We will finish that work tomorrow and then do a little practicing.
On Friday, we will officially step into our next unit: Monsters. I’m really excited to switch topics (as are the students, I think!) and I’ll share more information about that unit next week. Overall, though, the unit will focus on all the things we’re scared of in our world today. This unit will allow for a lot of student choice in topics because some students will think about societal fears--nuclear war, water shortages, terrorism, etc. Others may focus on actual phobias people have and the reasons we’re scared of certain things. Still others may focus on figurative “monsters” that plague our society: racism, inequality, etc. Whatever it is, I anticipate your students will come up with things I hadn’t even considered, so I’m excited to get started!
Have a great week!
Mrs. Hattie Maguire