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December 17, 2010

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Next week, your child will be bringing home his/her Agents of Change research and notes. We have spent several days researching in class and in the computer lab. Students have been keeping their research and notes in a special note-taking packet (yellow cover). Over winter break, we are expecting them to spend time on this project. This will be the main homework over break. There will not be a homework packet or reading log.

We have been proceeding through this project very methodically. Your student should know exactly what he/she needs to do over winter break, but here is a brief explanation:

Students need to organize their notes and write a rough draft. Students have been taking notes in organized charts in their note-taking packet. Each of these pages should transfer into a paragraph according to the main heading at the top of the page. The rough draft must include the following information:

First paragraph: Introduction

Second paragraph: The personal history/life story of the person

Third paragraph: How the person was an Agent of Change

Fourth paragraph: How the person expressed themselves or their views and how others

viewed the person Fifth paragraph: Conclusion

Students have a checklist in their summative assessment packet to follow when writing their rough draft (purple cover page). Please help them use this checklist (or the one below) to complete their rough draft. The rough draft should:

Be typed or written neatly on every other line

Include a catchy introduction and a conclusion that sends a strong message

Be written in first person (use “I” instead of “he” or “she”)

Show the central idea (how someone has made a contribution in language/science/arts)

Be edited/checked by an adult for spelling/punctuation/grammar

As a reminder, the expectation is that each student has at least three sources of information, and that those sources are in at least two different formats (books, internet, magazine article, etc.). These sources need to be recorded on the bibliography pages at the end of the note-taking packet, and be included on a separate page in the rough draft.

This project is unique in that it is requiring the kids to find information about their subject, think about it, make connections, and arrive at their own conclusions. This is exciting stuff, and it’s led to some great work and in-class discussions.

The rough draft is due by Wednesday, January 5 !

Thank you for continuing to support your child in this effort. We appreciate the time you are putting in to help your child with their report!

Sarah Wagoner Julie Stonehouse Lori Felton

Class website: www.fifthgradeteam.weebly.com (some information may be posted on the website)

December 17, 2010 Dear Parents/Guardians, Next week, your child will be bringing home his/her Agents of

Agents of Change – Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Satur- day 13 19 14 15 16 17 18 Choice
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Satur-
day
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Choice due today
In class activities
In class activities
Brainstorm ?s
Research Time
Computer Lab
Note-taking
Research Time
Note-taking
Research Time
Computer Lab
Note-taking
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26
21
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25
Research Time
Computer Lab
Note-taking
Research Time
No School
No School
Note-taking
Note check!
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2
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1
JANUARY
No School
No School
No School
No School
No School
Write rough draft
over Winter Break!!
Gather props or
costume pieces!!
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9
Finish rough draft
Peer edit
Finish rough draft
Peer edit
Rough Draft and
Notes due!!
Final Draft
Final Draft
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15
Final Draft due!!!
Presentations
Presentations
Presentations
Peer evaluations
Agents of Change – Calendar Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Satur- day 13 19 14