April 2-6, 2018

Monday, April 2nd

Today’s Agenda & Assignments:

  • Introduce “Shark Tank” research project. Here is the premise: You will be placed in a team of 3 people. Your team will identify and explain a problem. You will provide statistics and evidence that support the existence of that problem. You will then propose a creative solution (of your own invention) to that problem. This solution can be a product or a service. Your team will present and try to “sell” your product/service to an audience of students and adults.
  • To give context/background of the project, we viewed the following clips and noted each presentation and product’s strengths and weaknesses. If you were absent, please view the clips, so you can have the same background:
    • Inboard:
    • Squatty Potty:
    • Drip Drop: Drip Drop
    • ThinGloss:
  • We started looking at the list of topics. As a team, you will pick a problem to address in your research. This will be tomorrow’s lesson.

Tonight’s Homework:

  • No Fear Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is due Friday.

Tuesday, April 3rd

Today’s Agenda & Assignments:

  • Students were placed in their teams.
  • Teams picked a problem to tackle for their research project.
  • Teams made a brainstorming web in order to explore their problem.
    • Webs contain the problem, causes of the problem, effects of the problem, and long term impacts of the problems. There is also a space for team members to list products/services that already exist related to this problem.
    • Teacher Example: Shark Tank Project_ Nursing Home Web Example

Tonight’s Homework:

  • If you were absent today, make sure you talk to your team and/or me to see if you need to do anything for your team’s brainstorming web.
  • No Fear Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is due Friday.

Wednesday, April 4th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments:

  • Get brainstorming webs back from yesterday. Note teacher feedback.
  • Complete this task with your group: Example of Preliminary Research
  • If you were absent today, you will have to add 1-2 sites to your team’s document. They should have shared the document with you in order to edit it.

Tonight’s Homework:

  • Finish your part of today’s assignment if you did not finish in class.
  • No Fear Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is due Friday.

Thursday, April 5th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments:

  • As a team, star the top 3 sites on your list from yesterday.
  • As an individual, complete a CRAAP test (Copy of The CRAAP Test Worksheet) for one of your sites. No team members should do the same site. This is for a grade.
  • Begin gathering specific information about your topic by filling out note cards. If you were absent today, you do not need to make this up today. You will have time tomorrow.

Tonight’s Homework:

  • No Fear Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is due tomorrow.

Friday, April 6th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments:

  • I did a book check on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. If you were absent today, make sure I see your book on Monday.
  • Work on note cards.
    • Your team will do 15-20 note cards total. You must do at least 5 individually.
    • Your team must use at least 3 of your web sites (total).
    • Your name should be on the back of every note card you individually create.
    • Example note cards containing textual evidence: quotes
    • Example note cards containing statistics: stats
  • Plan your product/service with your group. Do more research if needed.

Tonight’s Homework:

  • Finish your 5 note cards if you did not finish in class.