The Children of the Holocaust: A Research and Speech Presentation Project
A collaborative unit between Livingston Middle School and Atwater High School
CCSS ELA Standards
Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grade 8 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)
Recognize the need for information:
a. Identify topics, broaden or narrow a topic, and develop ideas to direct the focus of an inquiry
Formulate appropriate questions:
a. Generate research questions based on interests, observations, information, stories, and issues or on an assigned topic.
b. Develop and present a clear thesis statement or hypothesis.
c. Finalize the research question or hypothesis by conducting preliminary research.
Identify and locate a variety of resources online and in other formats by using effective search strategies:
a. Use a variety of search engines and licensed and free databases to locate appropriate information.
l. Demonstrate a variety of research methods used in different disciplines (e.g., the humanities, sciences, social sciences).
Consider the need for additional information:
b. Review work through self-reflection, peer review, and teacher feedback to determine whether the information is sufficient and the research process was effective.
Demonstrate ethical, legal, and safe use of information in print, media, and online resources:
a. Demonstrate respect for intellectual property, copyright restrictions, fair use, and public-performance rights when downloading or duplicating media
Seek, produce, and share information:
b. Contribute actively to the learning community, and participate in groups to pursue and generate information
d. Use technology to communicate, share information, and collaborate with others with the same interests