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Project 2: Summer of Fire - ELA

6th Grade ELA                                          “Summer of Fire”

Theme: "The World Around Us" Genre: Non-Fiction Informationals


ü  All groups should be prepared to present his or her Informative Report via project board/poster requirements or multimedia presentation to the class on

    13 November 2013.

ü  Credits - The last part of every presentation should highlight what each participant of the group did or contributed to the group project.

ü  Sources used to get researched information must be cited at the end of the presentation also. MLA formats only – www.citationmachine.net or www.easybib.com

ü  You and your group members will have 5 class work sessions to produce this project and/or multimedia presentation. Day 6 will be a practice day for each group in class to finalize things for presentations on Day 7 (next week). Be Creative!

*****************Late presentations will be given an alternate essay requirement.*********************

The rubric used for scoring will assess the standards detailed below:

21) write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content

22c) - use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another

22e) Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.

23) produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience

24) develop and strengthen writing as needed, with some guidance and support from peers and adults, by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach

25) use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting

26) conduct short research projects to answer questions, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiries when appropriate

27) gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources

28) draw evidence from literary or informational texts, to support analysis, reflection, and research

28b) - apply grade 6 Reading standards to literary

29) write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision)  

30 d) Review the key ideas expressed and demonstrate understanding of multiple perspectives through reflection and paraphrasing.

31)  Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.

33)  Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

34)  Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.

35)  Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when appropriate.

***************Late presentations will be given an alternate essay requirement***********************

Option 1                        Summer of Fire  Forest Features (p. 122)

Use the Web sites below to complete the following: Forests are complicated ecosystems made up of plants and animals of many kinds. Research the ecology of a typical North American forest to find out about the plants and animals that live there. Then create a poster showing different parts of a forest community. Include a key that identifies each plant and animal. Also include a list of the sources you used to find information.

Ecological Education through Science http://angelfire.com/ sk/ monkeypuzzle/ ecopackage.html 

Forest Frontiers Initiative http://forests.wri.org/ 
Contains interactive maps depicting the forests of the world 

Option 2

Fire and the Life Cycle: Research a plant whose life cycle is dependent on fire. Examples could include the giant sequoia, the lodgepole pine, or the jack pine. Examine the plant’s role in that particular ecosystem. Then design a storyboard illustrating the life cycle of this plant, the role that fire plays in helping it successfully complete the life cycle, and the plant’s effect on the biotic and abiotic aspects of its ecosystem.

Option 3

The Fire Triangle: Conduct research into the fire triangle of fuel, heat, and oxygen by investigating some of the following questions: Why can’t you light a match on the moon? Why won’t a wet match light? Will fire burn on the surface of Mars? Why does gasoline allow fire to burn? What is required to allow fire to burn? How did Ohio’s Cuyahoga River catch on fire in 1959 and 1969?

Option 4

Write a persuasive piece on whether or not the Park Service should continue with its current fire management policy of tolerating "natural" fires and conducting prescribed burns. Include at least three reasons for or against this policy before coming to their conclusion.

Option 5

Create a public service poster, brochure, or television spot on the dangers of accidental forest fires. Use the following questions to guide your research: What are the dangers posed by these unintentional fires? How many are set in a year? In what ways do such fires affect the ecosystem? What precautions should be taken to prevent these fires?

Option 6

Create a poster, brochure, or television spot on the benefits of prescribed burns. Answer the following questions: How do prescribed burns alleviate future fire damage to forests? How often are prescribed fires set? How do foresters choose the areas where they plan to set fires? What time of year are they carried out? What safety precautions are taken? How do they keep the fire contained? How long does it take for new growth to appear?

Option 7

Based on the article “Summer of Fire,” what is your opinion/argument of the policy “let natural fires burn”? Do you agree or disagree with this policy? Use facts and opinions from the article as support (citing the text) as you come up with a list of arguments to support your own (argument). Make sure that your position statement is clear.

Option 8

Forest Features – Forests are complicated ecosystems made up of plants and animals of many kinds. Research the ecology of a typical North American forest to find out about the plants and animals that live there. Then create a multimedia display or poster showing the different parts of a forest community. Include a key that identifies each plant and animal. Also include the sources used to find the information.

Nov 18, 2013, 4:48 PM