When I was grading the first drafts of the projects last night, I found that many of the students were coping the text out of the book or from a website. I stop grading after 5 papers and realized that this was our first information writing project (I usually do a science project in the fall). Since it is our first informational piece I am stepping back and teaching the basic skills needed to write informational papers. Today I taught the students how to take notes from a text, then had them work on note taking in class. Tomorrow I will work with students on how we write a bibliography and show them how to use www.easybib.com/. This will delay the completion of the project. It will be due Friday January 27th.
I'm excited to begin my 7th year teaching at Coonley School. I've been teaching for over 20 years. I love creating projects and lessons that challenge my students.