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Evaluating the Research Poster Project for The Cay (Part Two)

written by: skline • edited by: Trent Lorcher • updated: 9/11/2012

Teaching The Cay by Theodore Taylor has been a great joy of mine for the past four years. This article provides useful evaluation tools and guides for the research project I wrote over this beloved novel. Be sure to read part one of Research Post Project for The Cay by Theodore Taylor also.

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    Introduction

    As a middle school English and Reading teacher, I have found that adding technology into the curriculum has many benefits. I teach using technology as often as possible. My love for Theodore Taylor’s novel, The Cay, stems from when I was in elementary school and read the book no less than ten times because it was easily amongst my favorites. When I teach this novel now, I share my love for the book and incorporate technology into my teachings. My students will tell you it is amongst their favorite novels, as well. I attribute that partly to the projects I conduct whilst reading the book. Here, you will find some useful evaluation tools and guides for the previous article in this series, Research Poster Project for The Cay by Theodore Taylor. Be sure to read the first article, as it provides the general instructions for completing the project.

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    Evaluation for Research Poster Project for The Cay by Theodore Taylor

    Explain to your students that this is the first rubric. This rubric is worth one grade. Each member of the team must participate in the research portion of the project. They can view this rubric to maximize the chances for a high grade. Each team member will receive the same grade, unless the instructor chooses otherwise, based on individual participation.

    Rubric is available on RubiStar. Click the link to obtain the rubric.

    After evaluating the research portfolios, pass out the next rubric. Explain that this is the second rubric, which will be used to evaluate their poster. This rubric is worth one grade. Each member of the team must participate in the poster portion of the project. They can view this rubric to maximize the chances for a high grade. Each member of the team will receive the same grade, unless the instructor chooses otherwise, based on individual participation.

    Click the link for access to the rubric.

    After evaluating their posters, give them access to the third rubric, which is used to evaluate their oral presentation. Click here for the rubric.

    The last rubric, which is a peer evaluation tool, is found as the last page of this article.

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    Conclusion

    After presentations, end by asking your students to provide insight into the project. Be sure to explain the skills taught through this project and why those skills are important. I end with the following:

    In the research portion of this project, you learned the basics of research. You learned how to locate the information on various websites to help you survive in a deserted area. You learned the importance of distinguishing fact and opinion. You learned how to cite information.

    You also learned how to take the information you gathered on the internet to create a poster that depicted your findings. Being able to portray the information gathered by conducting research is a very important thing. You learned the techniques for proper presentation, the importance of rehearsal, and how to be a good speaker and audience.

    Did you and Timothy survive on the streets? Do you think completing this project would help you to survive on the streets in real life? Why or why not?

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    Research Assignment Organizer for Research Poster Project for The Cay by Theodore Taylor

    As a group, answer the following ten questions. You must complete this research assignment organizer prior to gaining approval to begin your research. You must answer all questions in complete sentences and be specific. Use your Web Quest packet to answer the questions. Ask your instructor for assistance if needed.

    1. Explain in your own words what you are supposed to do for this project. Look specifically at The Task to summarize the expectations and develop a plan for your project.

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    2. List the five categories your group chose to research. Tell me why you chose each category.

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    3. What information will you need to complete this project? Will you need to know about specific things? Will you need to know about a specific place? Come up with at least 7 questions to help you find information on those categories. Your answer should be in question form.

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    4. What resources are available to me to find the information I need to complete this project? Do I have access to people, websites, or books? Be specific.

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    5. Which of the resources I listed are best to help me with this project? Why are they the best ones?

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    6. Where can I find these sources?

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    7. What information will I need to create a Works Cited page that lists my resources?

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    8. How is this project similar to The Cay by Theodore Taylor? Is it similar? What aspects are different? Why do you think they are that way?

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    9. When and how will you be graded for this project? Use the rubrics and your packet to answer this question. Be specific and remember it is worth a minimum of three grades.

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    10. Decide on a team name. Explain why you chose it.

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    Group Evaluation Form

    Fill out this evaluation form rating your teammates on their participation in the project. Bear in mind that I have closely monitored all students and know what they did/did not do. I am asking you to be fair and honest. Your teammates will receive a grade for your thoughts, assuming they are justified. Rate them on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the most helpful and 1 being the least.

    1. My teammates and I got along. 5 4 3 2 1

    2. I enjoyed working with my group. 5 4 3 2 1

    3. We worked together to accomplish our goals. 5 4 3 2 1

    4. Everyone did a fair share of the work. 5 4 3 2 1

    5. I was included in the planning of our project. 5 4 3 2 1

    6. My teammates helped me when I asked them to. 5 4 3 2 1

    7. My teammates let me help them. 5 4 3 2 1

    8. I feel like my group worked well together. 5 4 3 2 1

    9. My group made this project fun. 5 4 3 2 1

    10. I would work with my group again on future projects if I had the choice. 5 4 3 2 1

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    Teachers can use this sheet to give a grade based on teamwork. I use it so my students are encouraged to work with their teammates to complete the project. It also helps to keep the kids in line if they know their peers are going to give them a grade based on their participation in the group.

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    Presentation Guide for Research Poster Project for The Cay by Theodore Taylor

    Remember that during a presentation, you must be both a good presenter and a good audience. Each team is going to present their poster to the class. While presenting, you must make eye contact with the audience, use a level 3 voice, be still, and every member must speak. As a good audience, you must listen and give praise once the team finishes presenting. You may not speak or make negative remarks. Please see your Presentation Rubrics for additional “do’s" and “don’ts." These questions will help you to create your team’s presentation:

    1. What were your categories for research, and how did you display them on your poster?

    2. What is the most important thing on your poster and why?

    3. Did your team get rescued eventually? If so, how did it happen? If not, why didn't you?

    4. Explain what 3 of your pictures are and why you chose to put them on your poster.

    5. Tell me one thing you learned about doing research.

    6. How could this project be improved for future students?

    7. How was this project similar to The Cay by Theodore Taylor?

    8. Compare the setting of The Cay to the setting of this project.

    I provide the guide to the students just so they have some ideas going into their presentation. After they complete the guide by answering the questions asked, I have them write out a script similar to that of a play. They then practice and memorize their lines. To minimize nervousness, allow them to write their lines on cue cards (index cards) they can take with them while presenting. Doing so will ensure they have every opportunity to give a good presentation. I would make it optional to memorize lines, as it should not take more than a day or two to plan presentations. As soon as my students are finished with their posters, they begin work on their presentations, meaning that some groups get more time than others.

Research and Technology Applications Using The Cay by Theodore Taylor

Implementing technology into curriculum has become an essential part of education. The beloved book, The Cay by Theodore Taylor, deals with World War 2, blindness, deserted island survival, and acceptance. Using these concepts, I have comprised several research activities that use technology.
  1. An Author Study Lesson on Theodore Taylor of The Cay
  2. World War 2 Mini-Research Project for The Cay by Theodore Taylor
  3. Research Poster Project for The Cay by Theodore Taylor, Part One
  4. Evaluating the Research Poster Project for The Cay (Part Two)