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Students are challenged with researching an urban legend. Whether they choose to research Bigfoot or a particular ghost story such as La Llorona it doesn't matter. Getting the students engaged in what they are researching is so much fun to see. They are challenged with finding "credible" sources online and are not allowed to use sites such as Wikipedia. The students will make a foldable using 3 sheets of copy paper to create an offset booklet and must keep track of their research in it. They note the story or legend behind it. If it's a crytoid creature, they note it's physical appearance, behavior, etc. They also keep a section for eye-witness information, a list of the sites/ books used, etc. Finally, they produce either a news story, a research paper or a persuasive essay regarding what they researched. They also must produce an MLA formatted Work Cited page.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.