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Poet Research Project for Upper Elementary / Middle School

Poet Research Project for Upper Elementary / Middle School
Poet Research Project for Upper Elementary / Middle School
Poet Research Project for Upper Elementary / Middle School
Poet Research Project for Upper Elementary / Middle School
Poet Research Project for Upper Elementary / Middle School
Poet Research Project for Upper Elementary / Middle School
Product Description
A Research Project Assignment designed for Upper Elementary or Middle School

Assignment Sheet, Guidelines for Students, List of Poet Options (suggested), and Rubric included.

I used this in my 6th grade English poetry unit, toward the end of the school year. My sixth graders did their own research, created a project and then presented it to the class. It was a good way to end the year, give students a bit more freedom and creativity, and also help them to explore poetry a little more on their own. Part of the assignment asks them to actually prepare a reading of a poem by their chosen poet, which addresses some of the "Speaking and Listening" standards in Common Core, in addition to the research and reading skills required for this project. I helped my students prep to read their poems by doing a modeled partner practice in class, where we took our poems and marked them up to help up read them fluidly, and then practiced reading them aloud to each other before the final presentations.

The rubric is subdivided into scoring for 5 criteria: Content, Research, Project, Oral Presentation, and Bibliography. Students can earn up to 4 points for each criteria. I consider a 4 = A, 3 = B, 2 = C, 1 = D, and then convert those letter grades for each criteria into their rough mid-range letter grade. I also give half-points (like 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, 4.5), if I think a student falls between two categories.

On a ten-point grading scale, it converts to something like this:

4.5 = 100 %
4.0 = 95%
3.5 = 90%
3.0 = 85%
2.5 = 80%
2.0 = 75%
1.5 = 70%
1.0 = 65%

Then I average all five percentage scores together to come to a final score out of 100.

For example, sub-scores of 3.5, 2.0, 3.0, 4.5, and 4.0 would be:

3.5 = 90%
2.0 = 75%
3.0 = 85%
4.5 = 100%
4.0 = 95%

90 + 75 + 85 + 100 + 95 = 445
445 / 5 = 89% FINAL GRADE
Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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