Hero Biography Timelines
The Teacher works directly with the teacher-librarian throughout this entire project. They share the teaching responsibilities.
The Teacher-librarian assists the teacher with the entire project by sharing the teaching of mini- lessons and monitoring the project in the library. The teacher-librarian provides the necessary library resources to complete the project.
Schedule for Activities and Time Frame - 4-6 weeks
The teacher and teacher-librarian review with the students the information process and what each stage involves. They discuss the theme of Heroes and tell the students we are going to learn about different heroes using a variety of resources and their final product will be in a time-line format.Step 2
Planning stage-The teacher and teacher-librarian brainstorm with the students what kinds of things we would like to know about a famous person. The students decide on sub-topics or categories they are looking for( Early life, Family, What made them famous, Important Events in their Life, Are they still Living?). The students are grouped into pairs and they work cooperatively to decide what hero they would like to learn about according to availability of the library's resources. The students choose appropriate resources for their topic (books, encyclopedias and they will use the internet). The teacher and teacher-librarian will discuss and review note-taking strategies ( use of categories and organizing their notes)Step 3
Gathering information- Students use books, encyclopedias and the internet to search for valid and relevant information for their topic. Interacting with the information- Students read through their information and evaluate which information fits into their categories or subtopics and answers their earlier questions about their hero. Students critically analyze the information for validity and bias. Students record notes in point form in an organized manner.Step 4
Organizing information- In this stage, students make sure they have all the information they need and that it is properly organized. Students need to have all bibliographical information recorded as well to complete a final Bibliography at the end of their project. Some different methods of organizing their notes are color coding or numbering their notes to which categories they fit into. Some librarians suggest using post it notes to later fit into the appropriate categories. By Grade 6, the students are able to have categories right at the beginning of the project and I have them record notes as they find them under the correct categories.Step 5
Creating New Information- At this stage, students take their notes and make good proper sentences. In this project they put these sentences onto a large piece of bristle board in the form of a time-line. Of course the information will appear in chronological order. Students then decorate their time-line with regards to the subject for a nice final presentation. Students also complete a good copy of their Bibliograhy using correct guidelines. To share these wonderful projects that they are very proud of, I have them do an oral presentation in front of the class.
Evaluation: Assessment of Students, Evaluation of Activity and Author Study
For evaluation of this project, Students are evaluated throughout the entire project, all the stages. Students are told exactly how they will be evaluated at the beginning of the project. I use different types of rubrics and observation. Students also complete a self-evaluation which is always very interesting to see how they feel about their work.