Stage 1 � Desired Results by 2CB8JK


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Lesson Title: Journal Prompts
Discipline Focus: General
Grade level:
Length of lesson:

                           Stage 1 – Desired Results
Academic and Content Standard(s):

National Science Education Standards:

Minnesota Academic Standards for Science 2009:
Benchmark Code:

Understanding (s)/goals:                      Essential Question(s):

Students will understand:

Student objectives (outcomes):

Students will be able to:

                               Stage 2 – Assessment Evidence
Performance Task(s):                        Other Evidence:

                                                      Journal entries

                                   Stage 3 – Learning Plan
Learning Activities:

   Materials and Resources:

   Introductory Activities:

   Developmental Activities:

   Closing Activities:

                               Beyond the Project Journal
                      Task   Completed   Task
                       #        (X)
                      1.                 Identify a subject/topic.
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2.              Find subject/topic in recent
                media/current events. Cut and paste
                newspaper article or print from online
                and paste into journal. Write a brief
                summary of the article.
3.              Find topic/subject in our Duluth or NE
                Minnesota community and write about
4.              Identify jobs that use this subject area.
                Interview a professional who uses this
                subject area/skill. Write some
                questions for your interview. Write
                down some of the highlights of your
5.              Visit a place where this subject area is
                used and write about your visit.
6.              Write about what you struggle with
                while learning this subject? What
                successes have you had?
7.              What questions or curiosities do you still
                have about this subject?
8.              Include related pictures, artwork,
                poetry, stories, etc. related to your
                subject and your investigations. Make
                your journal fun to look at too!
9.              How has this Beyond the Project Journal
                and investigation helped you meet your
                goals in this subject area?
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                 Beyond the Project Journal
                                 Field Trip / Interview Ideas

Math and Science
             Emily Bjonnes at UMD Geology Dept.
             She uses statistics to model Impact events on Venus

             Lindsay Dietrich at UMD Math Dept.
             She uses statistics to predict what team will win the World Series in Baseball

             John Pastor at UMD Biology Dept.
             He models nutrient cycles that influence Moose Health

             Carpenters and Crafters: Geometry and Physics
             True Ride/ skate ramps and cutting boards
             Whiskeyjack paddles

             Pharmacist, Farmers, EPA, Large Lakes Observatory, Musicians,
             Architects, Doctors, Business Owners, …

Spanish/ Foreign Languages
             Teaching at a Bilingual School in Wisconsin

             Brian Mirsch
             Works in Various countries for Ikonics, volunteered in the Peace Corps in the
             Dominican Republic

             Meet a UMD student or neighbor from China, India, Ghana, Mexico, …

             Tom Peacock at UMD dept. of Education and American Indian Studies

             Meet/Interview an Elder relative or Neighbor over 65 years old

             Immigration Influences on: local Music, Food, Culture

             Sam Cook at Duluth News Tribune
             He writes outdoors articles and short stories

             UMD creative writing professors

             Danny Brown at Whiskeyjack Paddles
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Website design and Advertising for paddle company
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Goal Area # 1____________________________________
List specific skills or strategies that will help you to make improvements in this goal





Ideas of skills and strategies that you can use to improve grades
        work with a tutor
        work in a study group
        study before quizzes and tests
        take notes in class and review notes in Directed Studies
        organize homework and update planner in Directed Studies
        make flashcards to review vocabulary
        use websites to practice skills (such as math or spanish websites with quizzes)
        come prepared each day and stay on task—dedicate a certain amount of time to
         goal areas
        attend before or after school tutoring labs
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                                     Reflection Questions
                                     Due Thursday Nov. 15

- Please choose and answer 3 of the following reflection tasks/questions.
- Circle the three tasks/questions you have chosen.
- Answer each task/question as fully as you can; this should be at least one full page, total.

   1. Write about a success you have had in your goal area this semester. Why were you
   2. Do you get your work in on time? Why or why not?
   3. Do you ask questions in class when you do not understand something? Why or why
   4. Is it easy or hard for you to ask for help? Why?
   5. Where do you work best at school? Why?
   6. Where do you work best at school? Why?
   7. Graduating from high school with a good academic record can lead to many good
      opportunities. Write about what you would like to do after you graduate.
   8. What do you see yourself doing in seven years?
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                              Math                         (pre-algebra, algebra and geometry)

                           Spanish   (verb conjugations) (ser/estar, por/para, etc.) (French and Spanish with Mr. Russell)


-Find a website (from the list above, or from your own search) that explains a concept
you were taught in a GOAL AREA class last week. Read the material. Print the material
from that website (tape into your journal). Read the material again. Do you think this
could have helped you with your homework last week?
(Try to write at least 1/2 page).
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Journal Prompt for March 6
10 Points

Think about your goal area (or a different class in which your grade is lower than you would
like) and the green sheet that you completed this week. Consider that you have just over two
weeks until mid-term, and create a plan to prepare for mid-term.

Respond in your journal to the following:
1. How will you study for items that you do not completely understand? Some ideas listed below:
      go to tutoring
      meet with teacher before or after school
      work with Sally in Directed Studies
      use various websites to supplement notes
      study with friends (meet at the library or coffee shop after school)
      other
      organize and color-code your notes

2. In addition to your goal area, are there other areas of concern for you as you approach mid-

3. Think about skills/strategies that have been working well for you this semester—list them in your
journal and discuss how you can build on these.
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Journal Assignment—Two Parts

Part One—Due by end of class Monday, March 17
     Create a work plan or priority list for work this week using the calendar below. Identify
      major assignments/studying that you will work on in Directed Studies each day. Also,
      indicate if you plan to attend tutoring any day this week (either before or after school).
     Start assignment early! Be proactive, and don't put things off—demonstrate to Sara or
      Sally some time this week that you have started at least one assignment early. (This can
      include preparing for a mid-term.)

        Monday                    Tuesday                 Wednesday                   Thursday

Part Two—Due by the end of class Thursday, March 20
Respond to the following questions in your journal.
     Reflect back on your week and your work plan/priority list. Were you able to keep to your
      schedule? Why or why not? Was it helpful?
     Did you start one assignment early? Was it helpful? Is this something you do on a regular
      basis? Why or why not?
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                                              STUDY TIPS
We wanted to follow-up with y'all on your last journal reflection assignment question #4. How do you
study for a big test? Here are some strategies that you might find helpful. Remember, different types
of tests require different study strategies; also, people's brains work differently, so different people will
find success with different strategies.

-Know what material will be covered
   (i.e. unit 4, material from Oct. 25-Nov. 30, or cumulative = all material       covered in the class)
-Know the format of the test
   (multiple choice, short answer, essay, 5 problems, 30 problems, proofs,       notes allowed, time limit?)

-Work in an appropriate study place: limit your distractions.
-Review notes (highlight key points and vocabulary; color code)
      The earlier you get started on note review, the better.
-Re-write key Vocabulary, Diagrams, Points onto a condensed “MUST
      KNOW” sheet or notecards
-Mnemonic devices (good for memorizing lists or categorized groups)
      ex: Great Lakes – HOMES (Huron Ontario Michigan Erie Superior)
-Make a formula sheet with all necessary formulas: good for math and
      sciences (sometimes you can use this on a test)
-For Essay tests:
      Identify major themes or content areas (categories)
      Find key supporting evidence for arguments
      Memorize those key points/evidence
-Study in a group
      This is a great strategy for any kind of test. You and your classmates can usually help each other
fill in any gaps of knowledge/ understanding you might have. You learn best when you are teaching!
You can also come up with questions for your teacher (best if you can ask them at least a day before
the test!).

-Be well rested and well fed
    (Your brain will work best this way.)
-Try to stay relaxed
    (Take some long deep breaths if you tend to get nervous.)
-As my friend says, “Show off what you know”
    (Give it your best shot; be glad when it's over and you know you
         have done your best.)
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Journal Entry ~ Reflection
Week of November 26, 2007

Please answer the following questions. You should write at least one page total in answering
questions 3 and 4.

   1. List all major projects and/or presentations you have between now and the end of the


   2. List all major tests you will have between now and the end of the semester.

   3. Is it hard or easy for you to start on a big project? Why? Name a few things you need
      to do to finish a project you are working on now.

   4. How do you study for a big test? Name one new study method you can try for an
      upcoming test; try it when your test comes!
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                                          Journal Reflection
                     ~~~~~~~ Why I Try ~~~~~~
                                          Due Thursday, April 3

This week we would like you to think about WHAT MOTIVATES YOU to DO
YOUR BEST WORK. While we want you to reflect on how you can do your
best work at school, you might want to think about what makes you DO
YOUR BEST WORK in other settings (on teams or with other groups,
volunteering, at a job, learning an instrument or sport outside of
school, at home, etc.).

Please write at least 1 page in your journal.
Here are some specific questions you might try to answer:

    -      What makes me work hard? -academically? -other situations?
    -      What inspires me at school? (class styles, types of homework,
           something a teacher does, etc.)
    -      My best schoolwork has been in ____ class or on ____ project b/c
    -      My reward for hard work in school is ____.

As your teachers, we hope to learn something about you that might help us serve you better. Remember,
teachers are your advocates! They really want to see you succeed individually and realize you are each
very different!

Part II.

Find an adult who you deem is successful. Ask them to do write their own response to the above journal
prompt; what motivates them now as adults? Also, ask them to reflect upon WHAT THEY WERE LIKE
AS A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT. Then, write your own thought about how they responded. You might
also like to interview the adult (rather than have them give a written response). Enjoy!

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