Project 1: Newfoundland - Irish Connections:
A Study of Common Themes in Poems and Folk songs

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Dennis Madden
(
dmadden@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Gerry Marrie

Bob O’Keefe

School: St. Thomas of Villanova
Powerscourt
Manuels, NF
A0A 2Y0
Grade Level: Grade 7
Number of Students: 55
Project Start and Finish Dates: March 2 - April 9, 1998

  Project Overview

  1. Students will use local resources to research the development of Newfoundland poetry.
  2. Students will use the Internet to identify at least two sites which discuss the development and characteristics of Irish poetry, especially as expressed in folk songs.
  3. Students will use the Internet to link with an Irish school to obtain their peers’ views of the themes of Irish poetry and folk songs.
  4. Students will examine Newfoundland poetry and folksongs using a variety of research techniques, including interviews, resource centre collections, family collections, and local radio stations and TV programs. A search of the Internet will also be conducted.
  5. Students will compare the themes of Newfoundland and Irish poetry.
  6. Students will give a 3 - 5 minute presentation of their findings to their classmates using a variety of media and approaches e.g.. Taped interviews, skits, filmed presentations, records, CD’s...
  7. Students will use WordPerfect to prepare a written report of the results of their research.
  8. The students’ written reports will be posted on the school’s web site with an invitation to other students to contribute and react, especially the identified Irish school.

  Curriculum Connections

Main Curriculum Areas Relating to the Project:

Language Arts:

This project is developed for the students in Grade 7 Language Arts because of the curriculum’s focus on poetry for that level. The project will be developed in conjunction with the research unit on Newfoundland culture which has been conducted at Villanova for a number of years, using the Grade 7 text Openings.

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. Collect information from several sources (text, interviews, film, CD ROMs) and combine ideas in communication 1. Students will examine Newfoundland poetry and folk songs using a variety of sources including anthologies, interviews, family collections of music and poetry.
2. Experiment with and rely upon a range of print (Internet) and non-print sources for selecting and accessing information. 2. Students will use the Internet to identify at least two sites which discuss the development and characteristics of Irish poetry.
3. Begin to explore how various cultures and realities are portrayed in media texts. 3. Students will compare the themes of Newfoundland and Irish poetry and folk songs.
4. Express a personal point of view clearly, and with conviction, and be able to support the view. 4. Students will present their findings in a 3 - 5 minute presentation to the class
5. Demonstrate commitment to crafting pieces of writing and other representations. 5. The students’ written work will be published on the school’s Web Page with an invitation to students from other schools to contribute or react.

3.3 List the appropriate Department of Education Technology Education Outcomes. And describe how the outcomes of your project satisfy the curriculum requirements.

1. Use a variety of research materials :

  1. Students use local resources to research the development of Newfoundland poetry.
  2. Students will use the Internet to identify at least two sites which discuss the development and characteristics of Irish poetry, especially as expressed in folk songs.
  3. Students will use the Internet to link with an Irish school to obtain their peers’ views of the themes of Irish poetry and folk songs.
  4. Students will examine Newfoundland poetry and folksongs using a variety of research techniques, including interviews, resource centre collections, family collections, and local TV and radio stations. A search of the Internet will also be conducted.

2. Develop technical skills :

  1. How to log on to the Internet
  2. How to use the search feature
  3. How to search the Web using the following: a.Yahoo Directory b.Alta Vista c.The Web Crawler
  4. How to contact other people on the Internet through e-mail
  5. How to download to a disk or print a hardcopy
  6. How to access a specific web site
  7. How to access Newsgroups
  8. How to post a document onto a Web site
  9. How to prepare a paper using Word Perfect
  • research the history of Newfoundland poetry (knowledge, comprehension, understanding)
  • identify the themes of Newfoundland poetry, especially as expressed in folksongs (analysis)
  • examine similar themes in Irish and Newfoundland folksongs (synthesis)
  • suggest reasons for identified resemblance's (evaluation)

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

Students will examine Newfoundland poetry and folksongs using a variety of research techniques, including interviews, resource centre collections, family collections, local artists, and local radio stations and TV programs.

  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.

Mid - March 1. Students will use local resources to research the development of Newfoundland poetry.

Mid - March 2. Students will use the Internet to identify at least two sites which discuss the development and characteristics of Irish poetry, especially as expressed in folk songs.

3rd Wk March 3. Students will use the Internet to link with an Irish school to obtain views of the themes of Irish poetry and folksongs.

4th Wk March 4. Students will compare the themes of Newfoundland and Irish poetry.

Mid - April 5. Students will prepare a 3 - 5 minute presentation for their classmates on the results of their research using a variety of media and approaches e.g.. Taped interviews, filmed presentations, records, and CD’s.

1st Wk April 6. Students will use WordPerfect to prepare a written report on the results of their research.

Mid - April 7. The students’ written reports will be posted on the school’s web site with an invitation to other students to contribute and react, especially the identified Irish school.

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 will use the Internet to link with an Irish school to obtain their peers’ views of the themes of Irish poetry and folk songs.

The students’ written reports will be posted on the school’s web site with an invitation to other students to contribute and react, especially the identified Irish school.

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

Students will acknowledge all sources of information by applying the standard principles of bibliography (APA) which are taught as a part of the Language Arts and Resource - Based Teaching programs.

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