How have my stories defined me? How has my neighborhood taken shape over the years? How can we use statistics to understand a community?
Students looked at two key aspects in this project- “Our Communities” and “Our Stories.” Within looking at “Our Stories,” students examined themselves, their lives, and their own personal stories. Through this self-reflection, and reading the novel Bud, Not Buddy, students produced a personal narrative writing highlighting one of the most significant moments of their life. In examining “Our Communities,” students looked at the history of their neighborhood and/or key neighborhood landmarks. Through a partnership with the organization Outside the Lens students learned basic photography and created a final art piece that represented their neighborhood. Students also designed surveys and collected and analyzed data in order to understand our community mathematically
- Utilize pre-reading strategies of examining text patterns, reading excerpts, and visuals to determine genre and plot/ purpose.
- While reading fiction, visualize, question, connect, infer, identify meaning and impact of vocabulary, identify character’s point of view and journey, and predict to understand the narrative.
- While reading non-fiction, identify main ideas and/ or claim and the details or evidence used to support.
- Cite textual evidence post reading to draw comparison, determine the theme or purpose, and to support analysis of explicit text and inferences drawn from text.
- Have great ideas by understanding my message and audience, and brainstorming and planning accordingly.
- Organize and create a strong flow to my writing by using strong hooks, conclusions, transitions, and proper arrangement of episodes or information.
- Bring the beauty through word choice, voice, and language techniques to increase the reader’s enjoyment.
- Create a writing that is ready for publication by ensuring my conventions of writing (grammar, spelling, paragraphing, punctuation, and capitalization) demonstrate command of the English language.
- Write informative text to examine a topic and convey ideas and/ or information.
- Write narratives to convey real or imagined experiences.
- Find and use the measures of center (mean, median, mode, & range) to describe a data sets’ center, spread, and overall shape.
- Display numerical data in plots on a number line, including dot plots, histograms, and boxplots.
- Make sense of problems by knowing what a problem is asking and figuring out a plan on where to start.
- Persevere in solving problems by trying different strategies and seeking help from peers and teachers.
- Use critique to improve my work.
- Use revision strategies so that I know my final draft is my best work.
- Complete quality work on time.
- Consistently use strategies (my own notes, participating and focusing in class, emailing my teachers, attending morning tutoring, etc.) so that I am responsible for my own learning.
This is a great project to get students connecting as a community of learners. They are eager to share their research about their own neighborhoods and use photography to be creative with representing their neighborhood too!
I was surprised to learn about the history of my neighborhood. Sometimes you don’t think about where you live but it was interesting to see what the past was like. I couldn’t believe that my photograph was hung in an art gallery!