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This presentation describes the collaboration between the library and biology teachers that started with research and ended in a round-table discussion.

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  1. 1. Developing (Common) Core Projects: Ecology Project (11th Grade - Biology) Wellesley High School Deeth Ellis Louisa Morrison Christen Francini
  2. 2. Common Core“Students who meet the standards…habitually perform the critical reading necessary to pick carefully through the staggering amount of information available today in print and digitally. They actively seek the wide, deep, and thoughtful engagement with high-quality literary and informational texts that builds knowledge, enlarges experience, and broadens worldviews.They reflexively demonstrate the cogent reasoning and use of evidence that is essential to both private deliberation and responsible citizenship in a democratic republic. In short, students who meet the Standards develop the skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening that are the foundation for any creative and purposeful expression in language.”From Introduction, Common Core State Standards for ELA and Literacy in History/ Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects
  3. 3. Common CoreResearch and media skills blended into the Standards as a whole“To be ready for college, workforce training, and life in a technological society,students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, andreport on information and ideas, to conduct original research in order to answerquestions or solve problems, and to analyze and create a high volume andextensive range of print and nonprint texts in media forms old and new. Theneed to conduct research and to produce and consume media is embeddedinto every aspect of today’s curriculum. In like fashion, research and mediaskills and understandings are embedded throughout the Standards rather thantreated in a separate section.”From Key Design Consierations, Common Core State Standards for ELA and Literacy in History/ Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects
  4. 4. Build Momentum Strategic Plan/Action Plan Research Model (consensus) Common Core/WHS Library Standards Professional Development
  5. 5. Exemplar for Other PotentialCommon Core Projects 9th Grade  English: Mythology (ACP/Honors)  Social Studies (Islam or Ancient China/Japan)  Earth Science (Extreme Weather, IRP) 10th Grade  English: Author Thesis (All)  Social Studies: Imperialism, Global Issue (ACP/CP)  Chemistry (IRP Honors) 11th Grade  Social Studies: Junior Thesis (All)  Biology: Diseases (CP), Ecology (ACP), IRP (Honors)
  6. 6. Rainforests of Madagascar: Role Playing and Decision Making increase their understanding of the cooperation necessary to solve global environmental problems understand assigned role and relate it to Madagascar formulate topics, questions, and problems define information task
  7. 7. The Project: Roots American Political Decision Making Semester long college class Developing grant representing a government agency Formative experience that led students to pursue related jobs (microfinance, for ex.) after college
  8. 8. Revamping: non-library to libraryproject 24 pre-selected articles → 1 pre-selected overview article No independent student research → students responsible for finding and selecting sources No defining information task → students work to understand and define info task
  9. 9. Background Information eBooks CQ Researcher Global Issues Global Issues in Context Reference
  10. 10. Formulate topic, questions orproblems… KWL Chart Generate questions Small group discussion
  11. 11. Define information task Understand their role  Farmer (easy)  UNESCO representative (harder) Understand role in Madagascar Relate role to deforestation
  12. 12. Decide on a Position and CollectEvidence State a position Provide evidence Propose solutionSources: journal articles, newspaper articles, organization websites, discussion with an ally or opponent
  13. 13. Other Requirements Annotated Bibliography (Noodlebib - shared) Notetaking (KWL chart) Speaking at roundtable discussion 2-page persuasive essay
  14. 14. Changes for Next Time A thesis with evidence worksheet to promote well-supported arguments In text citations Fishbowl discussion