Project 3: Newfoundland Folklore

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Bill Raymond - English Department Head

Gary White - Teacher-Librarian
(gwhite@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

School: Frank Roberts Intermediate
P.O. Box 203
Foxtrap, NF
A0A 2J0
Tel: (709) 834-8002
Grade Level: Grade 8
Number of Students: 65
Project Start and Finish Dates: March, 1998 - June, 1998

  Project Overview

Each year students in our grade eight English program complete a resource-based "Newfoundlandia" project. As part of this students select a folklore genre and compile a paper from interviews of peers, family, and friends. As well students are expected to write a dramatic piece reflecting some aspect of folklore. Student work is displayed and presented to class. In addition, students present their work to parents during an evening set aside for the Arts Unlimited festival. Each year sees the loss of many older Newfoundlanders and with them goes their stories. This year as part of this unit we will be having students create a "Newfoundland Folklore" web page on which they will present their papers of their collected stories.

Other schools would be invited to share in the project by sharing their "folklore", Newfoundland or other, with us through links to their web page or by sending us stories to be posted on our web page with appropriate credit being given to the authors.

  Curriculum Connections

3.1 Main Curriculum Areas Relating to the Project:

__Language Arts__ _____________ ______________

3.2 In column one list one or more appropriate Department of Education Learning Outcomes. In column two describe how the outcomes of your project fulfill the curriculum requirements.

Department of Education Learning Outcomes Project Links
1. Engage in the stages of writing 1. Brainstorm/web ideas, draft, write, edit and publish
2. Write for a variety of audiences 2. Share writings with teachers, parents, peers and visitors to web page
3. Express personal opinions 3. Write a research paper on some aspect of folklore
4. Make visual images based on experiences and interests 4. Create a visual image or audio tape to reflect their written project

3.3 In column one list the appropriate Department of Education Technology Education Outcomes. In column two describe how the outcomes of your project satisfy the curriculum requirements.

Technology Education Learning Outcomes Project Links
1. Use the language and terminology of communication processes and communication tools 1. Students will become familiar with and use the following terms: modem, search engines, HTML editors, web browsers
2. Use a variety of communication techniques and tools 2. Students will use web browsers (Netscape or Internet Explorer) and E-mail to communicate
3. Use communication tools to access, evaluate and select appropriate information and to create, modify and disseminate information 3. Students will use web browsers and HTML editors in the creation of web page

  Resource Connections

4.1 Explain how a high-speed STELLAR school connection will enable or enhance this project.

This project would not be possible without the STELLAR Schools Internet connection. At present we have only one computer connected to STEM~Net and the development of a web page to include student projects is very time consuming. The provision of a high speed link to our small (LAN) network will greatly facilitate this process.

4.2 List other resources required for the success of this project.

Other resources to be utilized include:

  • print material from the Newfoundland section of the Resource Centre.
  • textbooks
  • vertical files from Resource Centre
  • community resources - speakers, individuals who are interviewed
  • Video and audio tapes
  • CD - ROM’s

In addition, a small network of 10 Pentiums is being set up from funds provided to the school through the Information Technology grant from the school board together with funds from the school budget.

  Evaluation

5.1 Develop a time line to indicate when you expect students to achieve the intended learning outcomes or accomplish milestones that indicate substantial progress.

Expected Date

Outcome or Milestone

Date
Achieved

May 1998 Students will have completed research projects and presented these to peers, teachers and parents. Projects and presentation will be graded by English teacher.  
June 19, 1998 Newfoundland Folklore Web Page completed with student work added  
     
     

5.2 Discuss how this project provides an opportunity for students to communicate with others (e.g. e-mail, newsgroups, web pages and electronic presentations that include text and/or multimedia.

Students engaged in this project will present their research papers on a web page titled "Newfoundland Folklore". Students will also have the opportunity to add images related to their work to the pages. These will be scanned at some site outside the school and then added to their web page.

5.3 Explain how students will acknowledge all sources of information (web sites, print sources, software, media reports, etc.)

In the research paper, students will acknowledge all sources through their bibliography. Standard citation formats for print materials as well as emerging citation formats for electronic and Internet sources will be used.

On the web page appropriate credit will be given to the source of information or images.

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