The expository PowerPoint project it a three to four week research and writing unit that fits well with any English curriculum, especially toward the beginning of the school year. In a nutshell, the assignment provides students with the following learning opportunities:
â€¢ They will research Halloween-like celebrations from other parts of the world-holidays like Day of the Dead, Walpurgis Night, and Carnivale. To this end, they will learn about finding quality information sources, researching effectively on the Internet (and through other means), taking appropriate notes, and citing sources to avoid plagiarism.
â€¢ They will practice expository writing as well as putting research notes into their own words.
â€¢ They will combine research notes into common sub-topics and learn how to organize their ideas into a logical order.
â€¢ They will learn basic PowerPoint presentation skills.
â€¢ They will practice basic public speaking skills.
â€¢ They will learn basic life skills, such as time management and planning for long-term projects.
â€¢ They will compare and contrast Halloween with a research topic of their choice.
â€¢ They will have the opportunity to share some fine foods and interesting customs from around the world.
The packet I have uploaded for use can be split up into individual activity sheets or kept together as one large information source. It includes everything you'll need for this assignment except the non-fiction articles/research sources, themselves. These can be found easily on the Internet or in most libraries. (Please note that this project can be used for elementary, middle, or high school classes depending upon the research sources the students use, but the specific activities within this packet were originally designed for a 6th grade English class.)