Sitting in the Lucy Hammer Room at the James Blackstone Library in Branford, CELC students learn about how to write effective introductions and conclusions for their research papers. This is only one aspect of the larger world that is part of our year-long thematic study of Ancient to Modern Civilizations.
Each year at CELC we have a particular theme that weaves its way into areas of academic and experiential study. In addition to CELC’s 5th-8th grade curriculum, the thematic study is included through literature, math, science, etc. Theme is also where students learn to write formal research papers.
During the past month, CELC students have chosen a different civilization and time period to study, gathered resource materials, researched and read about their topics. They were then taught to create a working outline and to take notes that correspond to the parts of the outline. First drafts are now beginning to happen, and over the next few weeks, each will have completed a formal paper that achieves a grade level–appropriate word count, table of contents, bibliography, interesting visuals, and an attractive cover page. [Read more...]