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Community Brochures

Kim Forgione

Description

Students research facets of their community in order to create an informational brochure.

Objectives

The student selects and uses a variety of appropriate reference materials, including multiple representations of information, such as maps, charts, and photos, to gather information for research projects.

The student drafts and revises writing in cursive that-focuses on the topic;-has a logical organizational pattern, including a beginning, middle, conclusion, and transitional devices;-has ample development of supporting ideas;-demonstrates a command of language including precision in word choice;-generally has correct subject/verb agreement;-generally has correct verb and noun forms;-with few exceptions, has sentences that are complete, except when fragments are usedpurposefully;-uses a variety of sentence structures; and-generally follows the conventions of punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.

The student produces final documents that have been edited for-correct spelling-correct use of punctuation, including commas in series, dates, and addresses, and beginning and ending quotation marks-correct paragraph indentation -correct usage of subject/verb agreement, verb and noun forms, and sentence structure and -correct formatting according to instruction.

Materials

-Brochures depicting other towns/cities, historical or recreational
-Maps of your community
-Optional: fun maps of your community showing places of interest or historical significance
- List of resource people and places from which to gather information about your community (e.g., Chamber of Commerce, public library, mayor)
-Cardstock or heavy copy paper
-Colored pencils, markers
-Notepaper and pencils
-Chart paper (optional)
-Internet access (optional)
-Local telephone book (optional)

Preparations

1) Gather a variety of brochures to use as samples, maps of your community, local phone book and/or list of resource people to contact for information .
2) Search and preview internet sites relevant to your community (optional).
3) Gather paper and pencils, markers and colored pencils.

Procedures

1. Gain attention/relate to prior knowledge: Show brochure samples and ask students to share what they may know about this method of presenting information. In small groups, have students examine various brochures and create a list of general characteristics of brochures.

2. Inform students that they will be researching to find interesting and important points about their own community in order to create an informative brochure.

3. Brainstorm a list of resources that might be explored to find information about your community. Record student ideas on board or chart paper (optional).

4. Guide each student to create a -rough draft- or plan for their brochure to practice the layout procedures.

5. Allow students to work in pairs or groups of three to access information via computer if you have internet capabilities. If not, you might opt to invite a Chamber of Commerce member or the local librarian to share with your students.

6. Discuss information students locate and help them decide what should be included in their brochure. You may need to discuss the positive and negative implications of some aspects of the community and decide what would be appropriate for each brochure. Encourage them to include graphics, drawings, maps of specific areas, symbols, etc.

7. Remind students to apply conventions of grammar when working on their final draft. For example, correct spelling, punctuation, word usage, etc.

Assessments

The finished product, the student's brochure, is assessed using the attached rubric.

Extensions

Students with special needs could be paired with a capable peer or an adult volunteer. Some may need to word process their research findings and use a cut & paste process to put their brochure together. Gifted students could be challenged to create brochures for a particular target audience: for example, families with small children visiting the area, students interested in visiting other schools, businesses looking for new locations, etc.

Attached Files

A rubric for scoring student brochures.     File Extension: pdf

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