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My Dream Job

Joyce Sewell
Bay District Schools

Description

This lesson allows students to use their research notes from a previous Beacon lesson entitled Searching for a Career to make plans for writing a research paper called My Dream Job.

Objectives

The student prepares for writing by recording thoughts, focusing on a central idea, grouping related ideas, and identifying the purpose for writing.

Materials

-Chart to show samples of writing strategies: Research paper should include a beginning, middle, and ending. Make sure each part has a main idea with supporting details.
-Chart to show different methods of planning for writing, for example makings lists, story webbing, grouping by ideas, or mapping ideas.
-Research notes from previous lesson on careers (See Weblinks)
-Paper and pencils

Preparations

1. Make a chart that demonstrates writing skills. The story should have a beginning, middle, and ending with a main idea and supporting material for each section.
2. Make a chart that shows different ways of planning to write a paper. For example mapping, webbing, grouping or listing in sequence.

Procedures

In a large group discussion review how to write a research paper using notes from the previous lesson (see Materials.) On the board show the students some examples and non-examples of how to plan a research paper using the methods listed on the chart (see Materials.)

1. Provide charts to show examples for preplanning and planning to write a research paper or demonstrate on the board.

2. Discuss and examine each type of planning, for example, listing, mapping, and webbing.

3. Pass out students' notes from their job search from the previous lesson, Searching for a Career. Model this process for the students. Show them how to arrange their notes into a plan for writing a research paper.

4. Allow students time to arrange their notes in a method that would provide a plan for writing. The plan should have well focused main ideas with supporting details for a research paper on My Dream Job.

5. Once the writing plans are completed and approved, students begin to put their plans into a research paper with a beginning, a middle, and an ending.

Assessments

Assess the student plans for writing a research paper.

4 points = The student produced a plan for a research paper that identifies the purpose, with a beginning, a middle, and an ending focused on three main ideas with many supporting details with 1 or 2 errors.

3 points = The student plan for a research paper that identifies the purpose and includes focusing on two main ideas and a few supporting details. The work has a beginning and an ending with 3 or 4 errors.

2 points = The research plan has a main idea with some supporting details. There is no distinct beginning, middle, or ending or focus and has more than 5 or 6 errors.

1 point = With assistance a plan was produced with a main idea and a few supporting details. There is no distinct beginning, middle, or ending for the research paper plan and there are 7 or more errors.
0 points = No plan was produced.
Students who do not score at least 3 points should receive directive feedback and have another opportunity to create/revise the plan.

Web Links

Web supplement for My Dream Job
Searching for a Career

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