“Knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner.”
The Inquiry research model is a template for a systematic, thorough exploration of a question or topic.
Reading: Invest in Yourself All read Introduction/The Bottom Line Group 1: Some Students....end before Get to Class Group 2: Get to Class...end before Do Your Work Group 3: Do Your Work...end before Procrastination Group 4: Procrastination...end before Just Do It Group 5: Just Do It...end before Frustration Group 6: Frustration to end of article
Final Assignment: Write a Letter from “Senior High School You” to “College Freshman You” about How to Learn and What it Takes to Be Successful in College
This is the section where you get to "strut your stuff"--that is, to demonstrate to both yourself and others how much you've learned both inside and outside this class. (Remember, an important goal of this class is to help you to become an independent learner, so learning outside this class is okay!)
Ideally, this assignment should be used, not only to affirm your own understanding of the material and how it relates to your life and goals, but also about how to become independent learners at any stage in your progression through a life of learning.
TASK: Create a 3-4 page typed paper. This paper involves 4 parts. PART ONE: Reflect on your high school career, your successes and struggles, and your plans for the future. What you want out of college? Where do you see yourself in 6 months, 2 years, and 5 years? ****(This section is a reflection. Share your thoughts and knowledge about yourself and what you wish to accomplish).
PART TWO: Imagine yourself a year from now….you are half way through your freshman year of college. Begin by reminding yourself of the best tips and strategies, from RDG 153 and other high school courses, for you in light of your strengths and weaknesses.
****(This section is a reflection, but also an informative section. Share your strengths and weaknesses. Then, using your notes, our RDG 153 textbook, and your class blogs, identify some of the necessary tips, strategies, and tools that you will need to survive college life).
PART THREE: Using the “Invest in Yourself” article, choose an element from the article that seems useful to you and explain why you chose this particular focus point. Then, delve into some research around that topic that will bring you some new insight on how to better cope with college rigor and responsibilities.
****(This section is research based and informative. Use the “Invest in Yourself” article to generate ideas for your research. This section MUST include specific text-based evidence to support your findings).
PART FOUR: Finally, give yourself a little-pep talk to get through the rest of the year!!!
****(This section sums up your final thoughts. Talk to your older, wiser self and remind that person of what is important, what is necessary to succeed, and how proud you are of what has already been accomplished!)
For the research portion of this assignment, I recommend using Teen Health and Wellness, and the Psychology Collection in the Gale Databases.