Academically, the following is very important.
In class: students had at least 5 sessions to gather and share notes about a sea animal.
At home: students hopefully gathered additional notes or filled in the gaps. This was a homework assignment.
In class: student then had 5 explicit sessions to write a rough draft of this report. We used a student paper from last year as a model. This example paper was given to students and we have gone over this paper 5 times to explicitly model how this report can be written.
Today: students will take home notes, and the pieces of the rough draft written in composition books and some on loose leaf notebook paper.
The expectation: students will turn in a FINAL DRAFT on lined paper, skipping lines. They are allowed to have support with editing and revising. Early deadline: Wednesday, May 24. Late deadline: Wednesday, June 1st.
Every year some students begin their final draft on time — they worked hard in class, they got it done. Every year some students go home with very little work completed in class and have a lot of work to do at home. I described the work in class as “homework” you should be doing in class. While helping motivated students to meet this deadline, I am very occupied during class time. If you discover that Johnny or Jilly has little work to show you in the form of a rough draft, it means they are struggling to work independently and with time management and/or motivation, they might not like the assignment. Many things could be occurring. They still need to get it done. The majority of students have a lot of work to show for the last three weeks. I’ve been an extreme task master for this project.
This is the final writing grade, science grade, and homework grade.