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Working Hard or Hardly Working

Jennifer Hall

Description

This is an individual research project during which students learn about a specific career. The project provides students the opportunity to gain new information, utilize electronic technology, and write a grade-level appropriate paper.

Objectives

The student uses electronic technology appropriate to writing tasks (including but not limited to the Internet, databases and software) to create, revise, retrieve, and verify information.

Materials

- Computers with Internet access and printer
- Computers for word-processing and printer
- Paper (Notebook and Printer)
- Pencils and Pens
- Student Checklist
- Project Rubric
- List of teacher-approved Websites

Preparations

1) Develop a list of approved research Websites.
2) Copy and distribute Project Rubric and Student Checklist to each student.

Procedures

1) Introduce the students to the individual research project, which will provide the opportunity to learn important facts about a selected career. Discuss the importance of learning about job responsibilities, salaries, and education requirements.

2) Students are given a Project Rubric and Student Checklist, which highlight the important components required for the finished project. Use the Rubric and Checklist to emphasize the requirements of the research project.

3) Explain how the student will utilize the Internet to access the Florida e-choices website (see Weblinks) to complete an Interest Profiler and select a career.

4) Explain that the student will utilize the Internet to retrieve/verify information regarding the career choice, including career description, annual salary, job responsibilities, and educational requirements. (See Student Checklist).

5) Set a deadline for the research and rough draft to be checked/approved (about 2 weeks) and a due date for the final paper/project to be submitted (about 2 additional weeks).

6) Assess the final product using the Project Rubric.

Assessments

Use the Project Rubric to assess the components of the project, providing formative assessment of studentsí abilities and use of electronic technology. (See attached file: Rubric_Checklist.doc)
The rubric highlights the assessment components and criterion:
1) Notes (appropriate retrieval and verification of information using electronic technology).
Excellent - Detailed information related to the topic is recorded.
Commendable-Information on topic is recorded.
Satisfactory- Notes are recorded but lack details.
Needs Improvement- Notes are recorded only with teacher assistance.
2) Draft (creating a product using electronic technology).
Excellent-All topics are addressed with specific/quality details.
Commendable- All topics are addressed and most questions answered with details.
Satisfactory-All topics are addressed and most questions answered.
Needs Improvement- One or more topics and/or questions are not addressed.
3) Internet use (appropriate retrieval and verification of information using technology).
Excellent-Successfully used suggested Internet links to find information and navigates within these sites easily without assistance.
Commendable-Usually able to use suggested Internet links to find information and navigates within these sites easily without assistance.
Satisfactory- Occasionally able to use suggested Internet links to find information and navigates within these sites easily without assistance.
Needs Improvement- Needs assistance or supervision to use suggested Internet links and/or to navigate within these sites.
4) Final Paper (revision of information/creation using electronic technology).
Excellent- Paper includes quality content and all required information.
Commendable-Paper includes all required information.
Satisfactory- Paper includes most required information.
Needs Improvement - Paper is missing required most information.

Extensions

Mini-lessons about writing skills should be taught during the research project (e.g. note-taking, planning activities, proofreading skills, etc.)
Students can create a multi-media presentation to demonstrate competency.

Web Links

Web supplement for Working Hard or Hardly Working
Career Choices

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