Writing: Theme-Based Research Project Distance Learning

Grade Levels
6th - 12th
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This "Theme-Based Research Project" is a well-suited to a Self-Guided ELA Distance Learning activity. First, students individually choose a theme from twelve universal motifs, read a book of choice, and take notes on it. After that, they make connections between their reading and various other sources, from current events to poetry, short stories, movies, lyrics, museums, etc. to use as supporting material that enable them to fully develop their thesis. Next, they create their own personalized schedule that coincides with the teacher's criteria and the project's requirements. The variety of research material empowers students to keep their brains in gear and their skills in motion while schools are closed.

This activity reflects my top three goals for middle and high school students:

1. SHOW them how to think concretely and analytically

2. HELP them to express themselves verbally and in writing, and

3. LET them build powerful education homes that allow them to be intelligent, active citizens.

It incorporates reading and viewing comprehension of a wide range of material from a variety of sources with well-developed analytic writing.

This research expands their knowledge base and empowers students to understand the connections between their school studies and world in which they live.

The packet includes a source organizer graphic, and information on finding sources, taking source notes, finding citation guideline links for various bibliographic styles, and a research paper grading rubric.

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Total Pages
11 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Semester
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


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