Friday, December 9, 2016

Week 12: Finalizing the IBP and Prepping for Presentations (week of 12/9/16)

The time has come, my friends, to prepare for the Independent Book Project presentations. Due today before class, on Google Classroom, was the students' Written Portion as well as the Works Cited/Bibliography. These assignments have been available online, with the guidelines packet, for some time now (three weeks, give or take, for the Written Portion; the others have been up since the project was assigned). In checking the assignment progress on Google Classroom, I see some students still have not submitted these assignments. Please go on to Google Classroom with your son or daughter to check and see if this assignment is completed and turned in. At this point, it's late but still worth credit.

Today in class, I went over the specifics of how to turn in the infographic link. It's a bit of a process, but it's an easy process. Unfortunately, easy processes tend to be the easiest to do incorrectly. The directions on how to complete the link submission are on Google Classroom and are attached to the submission form. Students do not have to turn in their link until right before they present (time will not be provided in class). Please note that students whose links are unsubmitted or incorrectly submitted will not be able to present in class on the day they signed up for. As such, their grade will be a zero in the gradebook until they present. Makeups in class will not be provided so an arrangement for an alternate time will need to be made. As always, students have until the end of the quarter to make up any and all work.

Now that the boring stuff is out of the way, I can talk about the fun stuff. I'm truly impressed by the infographics I've seen so far. Each and every student has taught themselves how to tweak and change the photos, fonts, graphics, and backgrounds to their liking. They're also really focusing on making their project look like a true infographic. Projects this creative sometimes creep into the "way too much going on" category. I'm happy to report that everyone's projects look pretty professional and scholarly. The fonts (colors and style) don't distract from the information. The pictures support all of the information the students researched. White space, super important in infographics, is used perfectly. I'm really proud of how hard my students have been working. If possible, have your son or daughter show you their work and possibly practice their presentation for you. I know you'll be amazed!

Question for the dinner table/drive home:
1. What do you need to work on to make sure your presentation next week is perfect? How can you receive help and support?
2. Which characters in "The Outsiders" are going through an emotional change? How do you know? Why is it happening?

Warmest wishes,
Kevin Laffin

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