PROCESS
TIME
SKILLS
RESOURCES
PRODUCT
EVALUATION OPPORTUNITIES

PART 1:
The Classroom Issue Referendum

pairs
whole class

30-40 min
  • identifying main idea
  • sequencing events
  • synthesizing information
  • developing a referendum question
  • defining "referendum"
  • BLM: Voting Time at Canadiana School
  • BLM: Referendum Flow Chart
  • Referendum Flow Charts
  • teacher evaluation of Referendum Flow Charts

PART 2:
The Community Meeting

whole class
individuals
pairs

60 min
  • developing questions
  • interviewing
  • recording information
  • identifying central issues
  • communicating orally
  • 2 posters
  • The People Speak Role Cards
  • Referendum Review newspaper
  • BLM: A Newfoundland Timeline
  • BLM: Reporters' Notebook
  • community meeting
  • Reporters' Notebooks

class evaluation of:

  • panel members' arguments
  • reporters' questions

PART 3:
Writing the Newspaper

pairs/groups of 4

40-50 min
  • synthesizing information
  • writing in descriptive and expository styles
  • stating a position in writing
  • The People Speak Role Cards
  • completed Reporters' Notebooks
  • editorials
  • news stories
  • teacher and self-evaluation of news stories and editorials
  • self-evaluation of Reporters' Notebooks

PART 4:
The Class Newfoundland Referendum

whole class
pairs

40 min
  • evaluating information
  • applying information in decision making
  • supporting a position with reasons
  • BLM: Referendum Ballots
  • BLM: Referendum Positions Organizers
  • BLM: The Newfoundland Referendum
  • student vote
  • Referendum Positions Organizers
  • Reflection on referendum
  • teacher evaluation of Referendum Positions Organizer

PART 5:
Creating the Class Timeline Display

whole class

20-40 min
  • synthesizing and communicating information
  • Referendum Review newspaper
  • The People Speak Role Cards
  • 2 posters
  • Timeline Display Item
  • peer and teacher evaluation of display items

PART 6:
Closure

small groups
individuals

20 min
  • synthesizing
  • reflecting and wridng feelings and opinions
  • BLM: Talking It Over
  • BLM: Personal Reflections Prompt
  • Personal Reflections
  • teacher evaluation of Personal Reflections
  • peer and self-evaluation of participation in referendum process

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