English 9 Non-‐fiction unit
In the next few weeks, we will be exploring the areas of research, expository writing and persuasive rhetorical strategies in order to put together a project that reflects your understanding of all three areas. There will be class time and some library time available to completion of some of the parts of the project but you will also be expected to complete some of the work outside of class. The project will be divided into different parts, each with a separate due date and point total. Failure to complete any assignment or to hand it in late will result in a zero or points deducted. You will be asked to hand in this packet throughout the project, so keep it in a safe place and bring it to class everyday during our work on this project.
Assignment 1. CHOICE OF LOCATION. You have already chosen a city, state, or island to research. The first assignment will be to do some preliminary research on your place and determine a symbol that will represent it. You will download a photo of the symbol and will explain the symbol’s relationship to your place on a notecard. We will post both the symbol and the explanation on world map that will hang in the classroom during this project. POINT TOTAL: 10 pts. During this assignment, I learned Assignment 2. RESOURCES FOR PROJECT. Mrs. Burns, the librarian, will show you the Library Guide she has created for this project. You will find an article on the Wiki Travel website to read and gather background information about your place. You are to record 10 main ideas you read about your place on the graphic organizer I give you. At the bottom of the paper, you will be asked to pose 5 questions that you now have to guide your research. POINT TOTAL: 20 pts. During this assignment, I learned Assignment 3. CARRDSS. You will learn about the criteria necessary to determine whether or not a site is a good place from which to obtain research and valid information for your topic. You will then find an online site to use as a means to evaluate the CARRDSS for your topic. You will complete the CARRDSS worksheet about the site you have located. POINT TOTAL: 15 pts. During this assignment, I learned
Assignment 4. RESEARCH TEMPLATES. Using the questions you have surfaced and the topics that we generated as a class, you will complete 6 research templates that will show the sources and the information you have obtained about your topic. Each template must be filled with research in order to receive full credit for the template. You must also have the citation written correctly at the bottom of each page. POINT TOTAL: 30 pts. During this assignment, I learned Assignment 5. COMPARISON/CONTRAST ARTICLE. We will return to the library to read a second article about your location. After you read the article, you will do a comparison and contrast of the second article with the information and structure of the Wiki Travel website. You will need to consider the article’s tone, text and format in your analysis. You will complete a worksheet designed to compare and contrast the two articles provided by Mrs. Burns. POINT TOTAL: 15 pts. During this assignment, I learned Assignment 6: TRAVEL BROCHURE. Once you have completed the research phase of the project, you will design a travel brochure to showcase the information you find about your location. You will include the research you have found about this place as well as photos to showcase the information you have found. You will use a specific template for this brochure and must fill the areas designated on the brochure. There will be a rubric to explain the grading of this brochure. POINT TOTAL: 50 pts. During this assignment, I learned
Assignment 7. WORKS CITED PAGE. You will learn how to write a works cited page in order to give credit to the sources of your research. This page will be a part of the completed travel brochure. POINT TOTAL: 15 pts. During this assignment, I learned Assignment 8. PERSUASIVE SPEECH. You will then learn about persuasive rhetorical strategies. You will then apply these strategies to write a speech that you will present to class. In this speech, you will try to persuade the audience to travel to your location. You will be graded on speech techniques, persuasive strategies and time allotment. POINT TOTAL: 50 pts. During this assignment, I learned Assignment 9. RESPONSE CARDS. During the persuasive speeches of your fellow students, you will be asked to complete a response card to provide feedback about their speeches and persuasive speaking techniques. We will discuss how to provide feedback as we approach this part of the unit. POINT TOTAL: 5 pts. for each card you complete well for up to a total of 25 points possible. During this assignment, I learned