Projects

Reporting Project #2

OBJECTIVES: - To write a story paying attention to “Conversational Writing,”good grammar  short, simple, complete sentences, and using simple words. - To organizing facts by using the “Writing Pyramid” principle of fact organization. - To start the story with a good Opening LEAD.

STORY SUGGESTIONS:   Student Council Halloween Dance
Parent – Teacher Conferences
Fall Sports Season Update (One CMS team)
Recent Science Class Lab or other 7th Grade Class or Team Activity or Project 

PROJECT DIRECTIONS & OUTLINE

DIRECTIONS

Form a group
(You will work in small groups to conduct interviews and gather information.) 
Decide on at least 3 people to interview. (Both students & staff.)
Develop questions for each person being interviewed.
Conduct interviews taking good notes.
Organize your facts, and information (Writing Pyramid).
Type story.

Students will work in groups of 3 or 4, to conduct interviews, acquire facts & information, and categorize facts .

Each student will write their own story.

TIME FRAME

DAY #1  (Mon., Oct. 29)  Present project outline & directions to students.  Organize groups.  Develop list of interviewees, write questions for each interviewee, & schedule interviews.
DAY #2  (Wed., Oct. 31)  Conduct interviews.
DAY #3  (Fri., Nov. 1)       Conduct interviews.
DAY #4  (Tue., Nov. 6)      Complete interviews and/or organize notes.
DAY #5  (Tue., Nov. 13)    Type Story & hand-in at end of class or complete for homework.

GRADING:

GOOD GRAMMAR  (10 Points)

Sentences are full sentences with subject-verb agreement, noun-pronoun agreement, correct spelling and person ID.

SIMPLE WORDS (10 Points)

All word usage throughout the story is simple and in “conversational style.”

SHORT, COMPLETE SENTENCES (10 Points)

All sentences are complete sentences.  All sentences are short sentences with only a few facts in them.

WRITING PYRAMID (10 Points)

All facts organized and developed in story according to the structure of the “Writing Pyramid.” (5 W’s & How first, Story Details second, and then Background or Other Info).

LEADS (10 Points)

Opening lead is one of the 5 types and strongly attracts the attention of the audience.