1.)Use an LCD projector and computer with Internet access to review how to search the AVL and give an overview of the websites bookmarked for student use. Examples are:
(Alabama Department of Archives & History
)The governors site contains links to biographies on all of the govenors of Alabama. The capitals site contains a brief history of the five capitals of Alabama.
2.)Divide the students into groups of two or three depending on class size and assign each group an Alabama capital site and the (or a) govenor that served at that site. (St. Stephens-William Wyatt Bibb; Huntsville-Thomas Bibb; Cahaba-Israel Pickens; Tuscaloosa-John Murphy; Montgomery-group choice)
3.)Give out Learning Logs (1 spiral or composition notebook per group) and guidelines. Discuss these with the students and answer any questions they have. Show the students the Checklist for Presentation that you will use each day to monitor their progress and answer any questions they have.
4.)Take the students to the library media center and/or computer lab to complete research over two to three class periods. Ask the library media specialist to assist when possible.
5.)As they locate information, the students are to summarize or paraphrase the information in their own words in their Learning Logs. See the My Guidelines attachment for the required information.
6.)Check the students' Learning Logs as they have questions and throughout their research time and, record their progress on the Checklist for Presentation sheet. (See attachment) The Learning Logs and checklist will be part of the assessment.
7.)Once the students have collected all of the necessary information, explain the choices that they have for presentation format. (PowerPoint, Written Report, Reader's Theater, Video)
8.)Have each group choose their format and ask the library media specialist to help you give mini lessons on each type. The library media specialist may take the groups that chose PowerPoint and video to the library media center for mini lessons, while you give mini lessons to the groups that chose to do a written report or Reader's Theater.
9.)Allow two or three class periods for groups to complete the presentations. Again, monitor their progress with the Checklist for Presentation. Ask the library media specialist to assist the groups completing PowerPoints and making videos in the library media center, while you assist the other groups in the classroom.
10.)Have two groups present their work each day, until all groups have gone. You may want the groups that finish early to begin presenting while the other groups are still working or you can draw numbers/names from a hat.