Tuesday, February 14, 2012

2012 Profile Project

So after a year of fine tuning the second edition of the combined History/English Interview Project comes to a close this week. Woburn Patch was here today to record excerpts from the top six profile writers. As soon as they go to press we will watch these fine writers read some of their profiles.

Last year's videos are here

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Interview Project comes to Close

On Friday, May 6, the curtain between Ms. Matarazzo's English classroom and my History classroom was once again opened to allow the eighth graders to share their final written profiles of Woburn residents. After two months or interviewing, formatting, follow-up interviews, peer editing, and first drafts, the finished profiles were on display.

Students were first asked to read the top five profiles chosen by the teachers and vote on the one they liked the best. Then they left their profiles on their desks and visited up to six other desks to read someone else's profile. They had to leave a comment on each of the other profiles they read. By the end of the day every student had feedback on their writing from six other students. It was a great way for them to share their work and get a chance to see how others viewed their writing.

Once again, Nadine from the Woburn Patch was present to help us celebrate the students work. Both Kathy and I were very impressed with the finished profiles. Nadine promised to publish the top five profiles in a future edition of Woburn Patch, and gave the students some great coverage, including video footage of some the winners reading from their profiles.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Interview Project

Nadine returned to our classroom last week to check in on the students interviews. They are completing their follow-up interviews this week and will soon be writing their profile pieces. As students peer edited their interview questions and responses, Nadine offered encouragement and helpful strategies. She wrote about it in the Woburn Patch

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Student Interviews begin

Students have been sharing their questions with Kathy and I over the last two weeks. They have selected their subjects and are ready to go. Kathy had them categorize their advance questions to help them keep their interview focused, rather than a random list of questions.

Most students selected their parents or their friend's parents as subjects. That would make most of their "historical" memories from the late sixties or seventies. There were some grandparents selected, which is good, as I hoped someone out there has an interesting story to tell them from the social unrest of the seventies and the Viet Nam War.

Students will be turning in their interview notes in two weeks.