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5th Grade: Research Report on Innovative Leaders

Do you ever wonder what our lives would be like if we did not have electric lights, washing machines, great works of literature, computers, or cars? These innovations have changed our lives enormously. For example, the invention of the wheel not only provided humans with new opportunities to transport materials, but also allowed for the advancement of agriculture and technology by later inventors. Beyond this influence, have you ever wondered about the people who created the ideas and inventions you use every day? In this report, you will have the opportunity to explore the effects of certain artistic, cultural, or scientific accomplishments on human society, and you will also tell the story of the innovator who created that product. Throughout this paper, you will adopt a persuasive perspective, convincing your audience that the work of your historical figure had an important influence on the way people thought and acted. How did your innovator move and shake the world? Convince us that the work of your historical figure was important, influential, noteworthy, and took lots of work by your innovator.

Rough Draft Paragraph Due Dates:

Monday, March 5, 2018 -2nd paragraph

Monday, March 12, 2018  -3rd and 4th paragraphs

Monday, March 19, 2018 -Introduction and Conclusion paragraphs

Final report due Monday, March 26, 2018.

REQUIREMENTS – these must be included:

  • Cover sheet/Title page

  • Title of the project

  • Student’s name

  • Teacher’s name

  • Due Date

  • Picture



  • Your report can be typed (12 point font and double space) OR handwritten in your best cursive (in pen)


  • Rough draft paragraphs required to be turned in each week and in with final report


ART COMPONENTS:


Wax Museum

  • You will "become" the innovator you have chosen, and you will display the innovation in a living wax museum to your peers.

  • You can dress up like your historical figure

  • Minimum of one prop or model that portrays your innovator.


Photo collage

  • a minimum of 5 photos pertaining to the mover/shaker and his/her life

    • Each picture:

  • Identification of the event

  • Date

  • Name(s) of people.

  • One photo from the person’s papers. (A person's "papers" include anything authored by a person, such as letters, diary, dispatches, sermons, speeches.)









Structure and Paragraph Requirements:

First Paragraph: Introduction

  • A lead sentence (or two) that:

    • captures the reader’s attention

    • introduces the full name of the person you are researching

    • tells when and where he/she was born.

  • A thesis statement explains why learning about this person is important.

  • An overview sentence introduces, in order, the topics of the second, third, and fourth paragraphs.


Second Paragraph: Education and Creative Inspiration

  • Describe the education of the person you are researching.

  • Write how the innovator became interested in inventing and creating things. This might include interesting anecdotes from his/her childhood.


Third paragraph: Creative Process and Obstacles

  • Describe the inventions or accomplishments of your historical figure.

  • Write about how he/she worked to create these innovations.

  • Describe what obstacles he/she had to overcome.

Fourth Paragraph: Contribution and Influence

  • What was your innovator’s most important contribution? Why are his/her accomplishments important?

  • What groups of people were most affected by this person’s accomplishments?

  • Were this person’s accomplishments important to people other than Americans? Why or why not? Give some examples.


  • Evidence Chart organizing your opinion - SUBMITTED with rough draft

  • Thorough summarization on how the person influenced the way people thought & acted

  • Evidence and support for your opinion are clearly stated with sources cited.  

  • Accomplishments, contributions, and influence  as a mover and shaker

Fifth Paragraph: Conclusion

  • Write what you have learned from this innovator.

  • What lesson(s) could other people learn from this innovator?

  • You are summing up the contributions of this innovator and should not reveal any new information.


EVIDENCE CHART

COMPLETE AND SUBMIT WITH YOUR FOURTH PARAGRAPH


Position:

Evidence:  What is your evidence they were vital?  List your reasons?

Support:  Tell more about your evidence and its importance.

Benefit:  How were things better because of their actions?










Transition Words


To improve your writing, you need to make sure that your ideas, both in sentences and paragraphs, stick together or have coherence. The gap between ideas needs to be bridged smoothly. One way to do this is by using transitions - words or phrases or techniques that help bring two ideas together. Transitional words and phrases represent one way of gaining coherence. Certain words help continue an idea, indicate a shift of thought or contrast, or sum up a conclusion. Check the following list of words to find those that will pull your sentences and paragraphs together.


For continuing a common line of reasoning:


consequently

additionally

moreover

in the same way

clearly, then

and

because

following this further

furthermore

in addition

besides that

also

pursuing this further

in the light of the... it is easy to see that



 

To change the line of reasoning (contrast):


however

nevertheless

but

yet

on the other hand

on the contrary




For opening a paragraph initially or for general use:


admittedly

no doubt

undoubtedly

at this level

assuredly

of course

unquestionably

in this situation

certainly

to be sure

generally speaking


granted

true

in general


 

For the final points of a paragraph or essay:


finally

lastly

eventually

ultimately

Transitional chains, to use in separating sections of a paragraph which is arranged chronologically:


first... second... third...

generally... furthermore... finally

in the first place... also... lastly

in the first place... pursuing this further... finally

to be sure... additionally... lastly

in the first place... just in the same way... finally

basically... similarly... as well



To signal conclusion:


therefore

this

hence

in final analysis

in conclusion

in final consideration

indeed



To restate a point within a paragraph in another way or in a more exacting way:


in other words

in point of fact

specifically

more precisely


 Sequence or time:


after

at last

first... second... third

meanwhile

afterwards

before

in the first place

next

as soon as

before long

in the meantime

soon

at first

finally

later

then

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