Project 1: Strange and Unusual Creatures

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Myles Bisson
School: St. Thomas Aquinas
P.O. Box 299
Port au Port, NF
A0N 1T0
Tel: (709) 648-2260
Grade Level: Grade 8
Number of Students: 25
Project Start and Finish Dates: January, 1998 - May, 1998

  Project Overview

During the past two years students in grade eight have completed a small research paper. The paper falls into one of the themes covered in the Language Arts program, "Strange and Usual Topics". It includes topics such as: Werewolves, Ghosts, UFO's, Yeti, Loch Ness Monster, etc., things which many students at this age find interesting.

The purpose of the project has been to help students acquire the skills necessary to carry out and complete a piece of research. To read, to evaluate what is revelant and what is unnecessary, to present this information in their own words and not simply write out what is presented in a book.

  Curriculum Connections

Language Arts (and some Science and Social Studies):

  • reading for information
  • notetaking
  • selecting appropriate information
  • critique theories
  • possibly present and back up their own theories
  • recognize accepted fact from folklore
  • acknowledge sources
  • write a final paper on the chosen topic

  Resource Connections

Having access to the Internet will allow students to obtain much more information than is available to them at the present.

Other resources used:

  • books
  • magazines
  • documentary films
  • CD-ROM
  • movies

  Evaluation

  • Students are evaluated on how effeciently they use their time each day.
  • On notes they take during research.
  • Each draft is read and evaluated to see that progress and improvement are being made.
  • Project mark will count for about 25% of the term mark.

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