Day 123: Wikipedia party

Today, we did a few things to round off the Wikipedia project.

1. Reflection. All students answered these questions in complete sentences. (No need to rewrite the question.)

  1. What was the biggest challenge for you in this project?
  2. How do you think facing this challenge in ninth grade will prepare you for your future?
  3. What are you most proud of?
  4. What did you learn about writing? or How did your writing skills improve?
  5. Do you think you’ll make edits to Wikipedia in the future? (either fixing typos or adding to pages)
  6. How did your freedom to choose a group/choose to work alone affect your work ethic? What have you learned about how you work alone/with others? Would you choose to work in this group/alone again?
  7. What grade do you think you deserve and why?

If you were absent, please answer these questions at home.

2. Finishing up. Students who needed a few minutes to post to Wikipedia used laptops to finish their work. They were aided by the students who were already finished, who acted as tutors.

3. Celebration. Students were served blueberry muffins, chocolate chip cookies, or cheese popcorn and juice (muffins and cookies from my own kitchen). We talked about what it’s like to go to a conference and why you should stay in school (apply to conferences, get in, and have your college pay for you to go somewhere cool). I showed pictures from the conference I went to in Hawaii where I presented the idea of having high schoolers write Wikipedia pages. Finally, we looked at student work on Wikipedia and clapped for their additions.

Check out these pages created solely by our students:

I Am Rembrandt’s Daughter (Alisa)

Viking Warrior (Daniel)

Fallout (Korinn and Michelle)

Mexican WhiteBoy (Jesus, Javier, Ronaldo, Luis)

HW: None if your project is done. Tomorrow we start poetry.