Tangerine

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RESEARCH PROJECT OVERVIEW: You will be assigned a group and a topic related to the novel Tangerine. Your job is to research the topic, write an individual report, and also to work with a group to teach the topic to the class in a 10 – 15 minute presentation.

  • L.O. I can research and describe a topic central to the novel Tangerine.
  • S.L.E. Articulate ideas clearly, creatively, and effectively

INDIVIDUAL COMPONENT (20 pts)

  • Due Friday, April 13th
  • Consult at least 2 sources related to your topic; you will need to cite these according to MLA citation rules!

  • Take notes on loose-leaf paper or on a word processing program
  • You will turn these in with your writing assignment

  • Identify 5 key words important to know for understanding your topic
  • Fill in a blank vocabulary template
    • Define each word
    • Illustrate each word using an image or symbol
    • Write a contextual sentence for each word

  • Write 2-3 stoplight paragraphs about your topic
  • Include a Works Cited with MLA citations for each source you use
  • No Excuses List: full heading and title, double spaced, article titles in “quotation marks”, capital letters, punctuation at the end of sentences, etc.


GROUP COMPONENT (20 pts)

  • Presentation date: April 16th
  • Your job is to teach your classmates about your topic

  • Each group member must create an individual visual aid to help teach his or her topic.
  • For Example:
    • PowerPoint or Prezi
    • Scratch project
    • Poster board
    • Map
    • Illustration(s)
    • Diagram
  • Although members are contributing individual components, the group should show cohesion and consistency

  • One group member must create an interactive component for the other students of the class
  • For instance:
    • Quiz
    • Activity
    • Game
    • Something else that will get your classmates involved and active in learning about your topic.
  • An activity that has no connection to your topic is a poor choice.


TOPICS AND RESOURCES

WhiteCane1Below are some questions to guide your research on legal blindness.  Please note that that you are not limited to these questions; your research and class presentation could cover other important information about legal blindness that is not on this list.

  1. When is someone considered legally blind?
  2. What is the difference between low vision and legally blind?
  3. How does someone become legally blind?
  4. What can these people do, or not do? For example, can they drive, cook, read, walk unassisted?
  5. How does legal blindness affect students?

Chicago Fire, Water along with Streets and Sanitation departments respond to a sink hole which swallowed three vehicles and exposed a 24 inch gas line at the 9600 block of south Houston Avenue on Chicago's south side on Thursday, April 18, 2013.
Chicago Fire, Water along with Streets and Sanitation departments respond to a sink hole which swallowed three vehicles and exposed a 24 inch gas line at the 9600 block of south Houston Avenue on Chicago’s south side on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

Below are some questions to guide your research on sink holes.  Please note that that you are not limited to these questions; your research and class presentation could cover other important information about sink holes that is not on this list.

  1. What is a sink hole?
  2. Can they be harmful?  Explain.
  3. Why do they occur?
  4. Where do they occur?
  5. Can you stop them?  How?

homeowners_associationBelow are some questions to guide your research on Home Owners Associations (HOAs).  Please note that that you are not limited to these questions; your research and class presentation could cover other important information about HOAs that is not on this list.

  1. What is an HOA?
  2. Can they be helpful?  Explain.
  3. What are some downsides to HOAs?
  4. Where do they occur?
  5. How do they impact property owners and tenants?

lightning_safety_300Below are some questions to guide your research on lightning.  Please note that that you are not limited to these questions; your research and class presentation could cover other important information about lightning that is not on this list.

  1. How does lightning occur?
  2. How dangerous is lightning?
  3. Do people survive lightning strikes? What kind of injuries might they have if they do?
  4. Numbers – how many people die from it? How many people are injured yearly?
  5. Are there places where lightning strikes are more likely?

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Below are some questions to guide your research on muck fires.  Please note that that you are not limited to these questions; your research and class presentation could cover other important information about muck fires that is not on this list.

  1. What is a muck fire?
  2. Can they be harmful?
  3. What are the biggest problems caused by a muck fire?
  4. Where and why do they occur?
  5. Can you stop them? How?

citrus-bgBelow are some questions to guide your research on citrus fruit freezing.  Please note that that you are not limited to these questions; your research and class presentation could cover other important information about freezing citrus fruits that is not on this list.

  1. How do farmers protect fruit from freezing? Are there multiple methods?
  2. Why do their methods work? How often do their methods work?
  3. How effective are their methods?
  4. Does a citrus freeze happen often? Where?
  5. How disastrous can it be when a citrus farm freezes?

 


TANGERINE NOVEL READING SCHEDULE:

4/20 Beginning – Thursday, September 7

4/24 Thursday, September 7 – Part 2

4/27 Monday, September 18 – Monday, October 2

5/1 Monday, October 2 – Part 3

5/4 Monday, November 20 – Friday, December 1

5/7 Friday, December 1 – End of the book

DISCUSSION/STUDY GUIDE QUESTIONS:

Click on the link below to download a copy of the question sheet for each part of Tangerine.

Part 1 Questions

Part 2 Questions

Part 3 Questions