Learn through History Mysteries! David M. Lopez

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Introduction

Today we will be learning about David Mark Lopez.

David Mark Lopez was not always a writer. When his daughter, Maddie turned 11 years old, he wanted to do something special for her. He decided that he wanted to write her a book. He then realized his passion for writing children's books. Normally as a children's book author, they have some who illustrates the book for them, but not David. He writes and illustrates the books himself. He has done over 200 presentations to grades 2-5.All his books have one or more of his three children in them. They all take place in a time in history.

Now its time for some history about David. He was born in Chattanooga, TN and grew up in the Kansas City area. In 1983, he moved to Florida. He graduated from the University of Miami of Law. He practices law. He is in a law firm group with his brother. Present day, he and his family live in Bonita Springs, FL. He has three children.

For this project, you will be divided into 6 groups of 3. Each group will have a chance to pick which book they want to do. Once the books are chosen the group will read the book with their group and then summarize what they read. The students will then research the  topic of their book. The students will then complete one of three projects on the book, 1. A webquest 2. a mural, or 3. a book trailer video or play.

Task

Task 1:

Welcome! Now that you are in your group, you will choose a book to read. Your first task is to read the book and then after you are done reading the book, pick out the important details in the book. Write down a summary of the book and some important things that you and your group want to remember to use in your project that you will complete. You and your group will also need to do a little research on the author of the book and include it in your final project.

Task 2:

Now that you have read your book and summarized it, you will now research the topic of the book. This project will take a week to do. All groups will have time to use the computers in the classroom or have time to go to the computer lab. Each group will have to research the following things:

1. Topic of book

2. Important details found in the book

3. The author of the book.

Task 3:

Congratulations! you have reached the last step in this project. You will create a webquest, diorama,or video or play. It is up to you and your group on what you want to do. You must present all the information you have found in your research and what you found most interesting about the author of the book and the topic. The last two days of this project will be when you present your project to the class.

Process

  1. Choose 2 other students in the classroom you would like to work with.
  2. Decide on who will do what jobs in the group. (Recorder,Researcher, Creator)
  3. Identify a person or an area that you want to focus on from the topic of your book.
  4. Read the book.
  5. Start your internet search
  6. Take down notes from internet search
  7. Decide what project you want to do ( Webquest, diorama, video or play)
  8. Put information found together to create the project.

Evaluation

Multimedia Project : Video


      Teacher Name:
Asheton McNabb


    Student Name:     ________________________________________

CATEGORY
4
3
2
1
Presentation
Well-rehearsed with smooth delivery that holds audience attention.
Rehearsed with fairly smooth delivery that holds audience attention most of the time.
Delivery not smooth, but able to maintain interest of the audience most of the time.
Delivery not smooth and audience attention often lost.
Requirements
All requirements are met and exceeded.
All requirements are met.
One requirement was not completely met.
More than one requirement was not completely met.
Sources
Source information collected for all graphics, facts and quotes. All documented in desired format.
Source information collected for all graphics, facts and quotes. Most documented in desired format.
Source information collected for graphics, facts and quotes, but not documented in desired format.
Very little or no source information was collected.
Attractiveness
Makes excellent use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. to enhance the presentation.
Makes good use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. to enhance to presentation.
Makes use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. but occasionally these detract from the presentation content.
Use of font, color, graphics, effects etc. but these often distract from the presentaion content.

Multimedia Project : WebQuest


      Teacher Name:
Asheton McNabb


    Student Name:     ________________________________________

CATEGORY
4
3
2
1
Organization
Content is well organized using headings or bulleted lists to group related material.
Uses headings or bulleted lists to organize, but the overall organization of topics appears flawed.
Content is logically organized for the most part.
There was no clear or logical organizational structure, just lots of facts.
Requirements
All requirements are met and exceeded.
All requirements are met.
One requirement was not completely met.
More than one requirement was not completely met.
Originality
Product shows a large amount of original thought. Ideas are creative and inventive.
Product shows some original thought. Work shows new ideas and insights.
Uses other people\'s ideas (giving them credit), but there is little evidence of original thinking.
Uses other people\'s ideas, but does not give them credit.
Content
Covers topic in-depth with details and examples. Subject knowledge is excellent.
Includes essential knowledge about the topic. Subject knowledge appears to be good.
Includes essential information about the topic but there are 1-2 factual errors.
Content is minimal OR there are several factual errors.

Your Play
 Poor
1 pts
Fair
2 pts
Great!
3 pts
Explanation of your topic
Poor

Did not explain your topic.
Fair

Used the right terms to explain the topic
Great!

Clearly explained the topic in depth
Causes and Consequences
Poor

Mentioned some of the causes and consequences.
Fair

Mentioned and explained fewer than the assigned number of causes and consequences.
Great!

Mentioned and explained the key causes of the topic of the book that they chose.
Key Characters
Poor

Mentioned less than two key characters in the book.
Fair

Mention at least two key charcaters in the book but did not explain how they impacted the outcome.
Great!

Mentioned at least two key characters and explained how they impacted the outcome.
Time
Poor

The students did not perform.
Fair

Performance lasted less than three minutes.
Great!

Performance lasted at least three minutes.
Performance
Poor

The students were disorganized and out of control.
Fair

The students were creative, but disorganized and somewhat out of control.
Great!

The students were creative, organized and exhibited selfcontrol.

Mural : Big Picture


      Teacher Name:
Asheton McNabb


    Student Name:     ________________________________________

CATEGORY
Master=4 points
Apprentice=3 points
Novice=2 points
Untrained=1 point
Score
Color Use
The colors in the mural work well together and form a strong coherent statement. The color choice is appropriate for the theme and objects represented or is purposely exagerrated in some way to make a point.
The use of color is coordinated across the mural and is appropriate for the items and theme.
The overall use of color is ok, but is not as strong or coordinated as it could be. Some attempt at coordinating colors is evident.
Color choice for various items in the mural seems inappropriate.
 
Collaboration and Teamwork
The group worked well together with all members contributing significant amounts of quality work. All group members partiicpated in discussion and actively listened to others.
The group generally worked well together with all members contributing some quality work. All group members partiicpated in discussion and actively listened to others.
The group worked fairly well together with all members contributing some work. Most group members partiicpated in discussion and actively listened to others.
The mural appeared to be the work of only 1-2 students in the group AND/OR there was little discussion, working together or active listening.
 
Thematic Accuracy
The student\'s portion of the mural fits the theme of the assignment and all of the team\'s items are accurately placed on the background. Example: Student has drawn a dwarf palm and has placed it in the understory layer in a rainforest mural.
The student\'s portion of the mural fits the theme of the assignment and most of the team\'s items are accurately placed on the background.
The student\'s portion of the mural fits the theme of the assignment.
The student\'s portion of the mural does not fit the theme of the assignment.
Time and Effort
Class time was used wisely. Much time and effort went into the planning and creation of the mural. It is clear the students worked at home as well as at school.
Class time was used wisely, but it did not appear there was much work done outside of class.
Class time was not always used wisely, but additional work was done at home or other times during the day.
Class time was not used wisely and no additional effort was put in at other times or places.
 

Conclusion

CONGRATULATIONS! You have complete this lesson on learning through history mysteries. I hope that you had fun doing this project. Remember that you are not graded on the quaility of your but the quanity. I also hope that you learned something that you did not know about the topic of your book and the other groups topic.

Credits

If you have not made a webquest before, I have one made for you to guide you.

http://zunal.com/webquest.php?w=202918

If you have never made a book trailer before here is a link on to show you how.

http://kingdomelectlady.hubpages.com/hub/Create-Your-Own-Book-Trailer-Free

Teacher's Page

This project is designed for grades 2-5 but I am choosing to do 3rd grade.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2 Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.