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5th Grade -- Biography Handout
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5th Grade -- Biography Handout
5th Grade -- Biography Handout
5th Grade -- Biography Handout
5th Grade -- Biography Handout
5th Grade -- Biography Handout
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  • 1. 5th Grade Research Writing Project—Biography Table of ContentsParts of the Biography 2Rubric 3Works Cited Page and Source Cards 4Creating an Outline 5Note-taking Basics and Formatting Note Cards 6Writing a Rough Draft 7Citing Your Sources 7Typed Draft Guidelines 8Final Draft Guidelines 9Directions for Creating the Map 9Statement on Plagiarism 10Due Dates 11 1
  • 2. 5th Grade Research Writing Project—Biography Parts of the BiographyThese are the parts of your paper. They need to be in this order when submitted! 1. A Title Page—includes your name, topic, and date in proper form. No other cover is needed. 2. An Outline—tells how your paper is organized. 3. The Report—Introduction, Body, Conclusion 4. Works Cited Page—formal listing of all the sources (books, websites, encyclopedia, magazines, etc.) you used. You must use at two sources: Reliable website, book 5. Map—labeled and colored map of Alexander the Great’s conquests. 6. Extra Credit Information—is optional. You may use pictures, diagrams, or charts IF they serve to enhance the quality of your report. These will come at the end and will NOT take the place of the body of your report. 5th Grade Biography Rubric 2
  • 3. 5th Grade Research Writing Project—BiographyGRAMMAR CONVENTIONS:The writer uses standard writing conventions very wellto make the paper easy to read. There are very fewerrors, and the reader hardly notices them. _______/25ORGANIZATION & SENTENCE FLUENCY:The order of the paper makes sense and is easy tofollow. The paper has an easy flow and rhythm. It iseasy to read aloud. The writing sounds natural—thesentences have different beginnings, lengths, andstructures. _______/20MAP:Map includes the bodies of water, places and eventslisted. Map is colored, labeled and completed neatly. _______/10CONTENT:Includes—Title Page, Outline, Paper, Works Cited Page, Map _______/10Paper—(Introduction) Writer started with a hook to get thereader interested, included a bridge and ended with aclear main idea sentence.(Body) Body paragraphs follow the writer’s outline andinclude important details regarding Alexander the Great.(Conclusion) Writer re-states main points to effectivelyclose the essay.The paper is clear, focused, and interesting. It holds thereaders attention. Ideas are fresh and original. Relateddetails support the main idea. _______/35TOTAL: ______/100 points Works Cited Page & Source Cards 3
  • 4. 5th Grade Research Writing Project—BiographyYou will be using your sources (one book and one reliable website) to research information about Alexander theGreat. At the end of your paper, you will need to tell the reader where you learned facts and information thatyou included in your paper. You will create a Works Cited page to document these sources.Creating a Works Cited Page Step 1: Visit bibme.org. This website will do all of the formatting for your Works Cited page for you. Step 2: Put in the bibliographical information for your book and website. (Note: Your book and/or website may be in the system. In this case, check for capitalizations and correct information. If the site is not able to load all of the information from your book or website, you will need to enter it manually.) Step 3: Either copy and paste entries into Microsoft Word, or click on the option to Download to Word. (Note: to Download to Word, you must create an account with bibme.org.)Important Things to note:1. Sources are listed in alphabetical order according to the last name of the author (or title if no author is listed.)2. Pay special attention to the punctuation, underlines, and order of information. Generally the order is asfollows: Last name, first name, middle initial, title of article, title of book, city of publisher, publisher’s name,date, and page numbers. In some sources, you will not find all the information. Use what you can find.3. Notice the indenting. The first line is NOT indented, but the remainder of the lines are indented.4. Look at my example!  Works CitedDeem , James. Kristallnacht: The Nazi Terror That Began the Holocaust. Berkeley Heights : Enslow Publishers, 2012. Print."Kristallnacht: A Nationwide Pogrom, November 9-10, 1938." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. N.p., 11 May 2011. Web. 4 Oct. 2012. <http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005201>. Example Source Card 1Deem , James. Kristallnacht: The Nazi Terror That Began the Holocaust. Berkeley Heights : Enslow Publishers, 2012. Print. Creating an Outline 4
  • 5. 5th Grade Research Writing Project—BiographyYou will be using your sources (one book and one reliable website) to research information about your topic.Look through your sources—what is most important about Alexander and his life? Step 1: Scan through your information. Look through the table of contents. What is most important about Alexander’s life? What would a reader want to know about him? Step 2: Arrange the important aspects of Alexander’s life in an order that makes sense and flows well.Important Things to note:1. Your first Roman numeral will be your Introduction. Your last Roman numeral will be your Conclusion.2. An outline is a guideline of what you will be talking about in your paper. You do not need to write incomplete sentences. Instead, think of words and phrases.3. If you have a subtopic A, you must have a subtopic B.4. See my example! KristallnachtI. Introduction A. Translation B. What is Kristallnacht?II. When and Where A. Date B. LocationIII. People Involved in Kristallnacht A. Nazi Party Officials B. Hitler Youth C. German CitizensIV. What Happened? A. Why did Kristallnacht Occur? B. General Facts C. Statistics D. Immediate AftermathV. Conclusion A. Why was Kristallnacht important? B. How did Kristallnacht affect World War II? Creating Note Cards & Taking Notes 5
  • 6. 5th Grade Research Writing Project—BiographyAll of your notes that you take on Alexander will be on “note cards” in a packet. Using your outline as a guide,start researching on the headings included in your outline. For organizational purposes, it is helpful to researchin order of your outline! Remember, if the information is in the outline, you must research it and put it in yourpaper. We will begin researching in class and I will be checking on your progress.Creating a Note Card—Guide to Creating All Note CardsII. Topic, A. Subtopic Source # When taking notes, all notes should be in bulleted form, NOT in complete sentences. Read the section you are taking notes from, then close your book and put the information in YOUR OWN WORDS. Do not copy directly from your book! Putting information in our own words, not copying directly from the book and using bullet points (not complete sentences) helps us not to plagiarize. pg. #Sample Note Card—Our Class Example Writing a Rough Draft 6
  • 7. 5th Grade Research Writing Project—BiographyIntroduction— Hook: An opening statement to capture your reader. (Consider shocking but true information, a meaningful quote, etc.) Bridge: Connect your hook to your main idea(s). What are some important pieces of information that the reader should know before getting to the body of your paper? (Consider briefly introducing Alexander or his importance in history.) Main Idea: What is the big idea of your paper? What is the main thing you’ll be talking about?Rough Draft Reminders— Your note cards are already arranged in order of your outline. Make sure you include each part of your outline. Remember, whatever is in your outline must be in your paper. This is formal writing. It should NOT include you and me. (Don’t include statements such as, “I will tell you about…” or “I found out lots of interesting things about…”) Also, it should NOT refer to your paper. (Don’t include statements such as, “This paper will talk about…” or “In these paragraphs it will tell you about…”) Skip lines on your rough draft. When you’re writing, don’t worry about details such as exact wording, spelling, etc. Just keep writing! For your conclusion paragraph, you may want to summarize (in different words) some of your main points. This is also the time to explain the importance of Alexander’s life and conquests.Citing your Sources— In the body of your report, there will be times when you need to tell where you got your information. This is known as citing your sources. Anytime you give statistics, opinions, or material that is contrary to popular belief or is only found in one source, you MUST tell where that information came from. Here’s how: After the information, put parentheses. In the parentheses put the author’s last name and the page number: (Jones 14). This tells the reader you used the book by someone named Jones and this information was on page 14 of that book. For an internet source do it the same way. If there is no author listed, put the title of the article/website and page number, if given. You do not have to tell where all your information came from. For example, almost every source would say that George Washington was the first president. That is considered common knowledge and it would not be necessary to tell where you got that material. Biography—Typed DraftRequirements: 7
  • 8. 5th Grade Research Writing Project—Biography Size 12 Font, Times New Roman, Double Spaced Typed and shared with Mrs. Weber on Google docs (emily.weber86@gmail.com) {To print, we will download to Microsoft Word and do final formatting. Once your document is on Microsoft Word, you will need to save a copy to your flash drive.} Two printed copies due on Friday, March 29th by the end of the day.Reminders: No informal abbreviations History needs to be written in chronological order Where can you add transitions? Watch sentence fragments People are referred to by their last name, not their first 1 idea=1 Paragraph Subject-Verb Agreement History happened in the PAST. Use PAST tense. Dont abbreviate until youve spelled it out first their/theyre/there "got", "a lot", "things" (Word Choice) Specific wording—fully explain events! No first person pronouns Unclear pronoun references # < 100 need to be written out (Dates are always numerical) CITATIONS! Final Draft Requirements:Typing & Formatting Guidelines 8
  • 9. 5th Grade Research Writing Project—Biography Size 12 Font Times New Roman Double Spaced (excluding Outline and Works Cited Page)What is included in my final draft: (Submit in this order!) Title Page Outline Paper Works Cited Map of Alexander’s Conquests Extra Credit Pictures (Optional)DUE DATE: Monday, April 15th Directions for Map PageYou will be given an outline of the Macedonian Empire. Use the map on pages 220-221 in your History book to help. You will need to label the following: BODIES OF WATER PLACES EVENTS*Mediterranean Sea Persia (1) Birth of AlexanderBlack Sea Asia (6) Founds the city of AlexandriaCaspian Sea Europe (9) Alexander becomes King of PersiaPersian Gulf AfricaNile River Alexandria *Include all cities re-named AlexandriaTigris River MacedoniaEuphrates River PellaIndus River Troy*Number corresponds to the events labeled on the map on pages 220-221 in your History book.In addition to above, you will need to indicate Alexander’s empire. Include a key to help. All labeling should bedone in black pen. Coloring/shading should be done with colored pencil only.Plagiarism 9
  • 10. 5th Grade Research Writing Project—BiographyThe following information comes from a book entitled MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers byJoseph Gibaldi, Fifth Edition, published by the Modern Language Association of America, 1999.What is plagiarism?Plagiarism is using another person’s words or ideas in your writing without giving credit to the source. One type of plagiarism is using another’s ideas without giving proper credit. A second type of plagiarism is using another’s actual words without giving proper credit.Statement on PlagiarismThe following is what Marquette High School Language Arts Department sends home with their studentsexplaining Rockwood’s policy on plagiarism.“Recent media reports about plagiarism in our nation’s high schools and universities reveal how tempting it is,with the abundant Internet sources available, for students to “borrow” from such sources and others withoutproperly crediting the authors. Most students will never make the mistake of plagiarizing, and indeed thisbehavior may be truly unintentional, with students simply unclear on how to correctly paraphrase anddocument. At other times, however, students may understand they are plagiarizing and yet see it as the easyway out without realizing the seriousness of their actions. Rockwood School District now has a district-widepolicy on academic dishonesty, which includes plagiarism. Even so, the consequences detailed in this newpolicy are minor ones compared to what students could suffer at the college level. For example, a top Princetonsenior was rejected by at least six law schools after she plagiarized an assignment only months beforegraduation.With all this in mind, the Language Arts Department at Marquette wants to be certain that everyone understandswhat plagiarism is and how to use sources properly. In any kind of research, the correct use of source materialcan benefit a student, while the misuse of sources could damage a student’s academic standing. During thecourse of the school year, every Marquette English teacher gives a definition of plagiarism and explains whatmust be done when writing a paper or preparing a speech in order to ensure ethical treatment of all sources.”-------------------------------------------------------------------Students at St. John need to understand how to use information they get from a variety of sources. As a class,we will go through how to use information from sources without plagiarizing, and hopefully students will notplagiarize, either intentionally or unintentionally. According to our school handbook, cheating or the appearanceof cheating will result in a grade of zero for the assignment, plus we will contact the parent. Important Dates for the BiographyFebruary 14 Project Explaining in Class—Parent Forms, Overview & Process, Due Dates 10
  • 11. 5th Grade Research Writing Project—BiographyFebruary 15 Parent Packet Sent Home—Signed form due on Monday, February 18thFebruary 18 -Finding Sources (Source 1: History Book, Source 2: Reliable Website) -Creating a Works Cited Page & Source Cards (due on Wednesday, February 20th)February 20 Reading/Noting SourcesFebruary 21 -Compare Notes from Sources -Creating an Outline (due on Monday, 2/25)February 25 -Note-taking Basics -Setting up/Formatting Note CardsFebruary 27 Research/Note TakingFebruary 28 Research/Note TakingMarch 4 Research/Note Taking (Research/Note Cards due on Wednesday, 3/6)March 7 Rough Draft WritingMarch 11 Rough Draft WritingMarch 13-14 Rough Draft Writing (Rough Draft due on Friday, March 15th)March 18-22 Spring Break March 25-29 -Rough Drafts Returned / Mini-Conferences -Typed Draft Guidelines & Reminders -Typed Draft due on Friday, March 29th -Adult Edit of Typed Draft due on April 4thApril 4 -Typed Draft Returned / Mini-Conferences -Final Draft Guidelines & RemindersApril 8-12 -Final Draft Preparations (Final Draft due on Monday, April 15th)April 15 FINAL DRAFT DUE! 11

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