For the students here at West, I'm requiring that they become interviewers, as well as biographers. In order to do that, we need to practice a bit with:

  • How to interview a subject.
  • What do we need to know about our subject before conducting an interview?
  • What kinds of questions are acceptable?
  • Make a list of questions.
  • In what order should we ask our questions?

That should set us straight on the Q&A part of this exercise, because after that, Dana's students at the Weber School will fill in the informaiton we seek. Once they've completed that end of this exploration, it's our turn to turn their answers into a story. And at that point we need to focus on:

  • Summarizing
  • Paraphrasing
  • Quoting

How do we boil down all those words into the real meat of the story?

At what point do we need to paraphrase the author, or paraphrase another text in order to tell this story. We'll have to add in some outside information at some point, just to clear things up.

When do we need to just let our interviewee speak for himself/herself?

How do we turn this into a paper that makes sense, and is worthy of our interviewee?



Grading


For the students here at West, this project is worth 160 points -- by far the largest and most extensive work you've done all year.

20 points for your own research -- the interview you conducted with your family.
20 points for your family history -- the biography of your family.
20 points for following the conventions of a written work -- in print
organization
paragraphing
spelling
Following the MLA conventions
20 points for submitting your personal family history to the site.

20 points for your biography of a Weber School member
20 points for following the conventions of a written work -- in print
organization
paragraphing
spelling
Following the MLA conventions
40 points for submitting the family history to the site.