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Exhibit Guide to Student Work at National Conference 2016

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EL Education

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  • Academic Achievement
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An illustrated and annotated guide to the student work that was displayed at EL National Conference 2016 in Detroit, Michigan.

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EL Education

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Topic

  • Academic Achievement
  • Arts Integration
  • Student Work

Type

Guidance Documents

Grade Level

An illustrated and annotated guide to the student work that was displayed at EL National Conference 2016 in Detroit, Michigan.

Atlantic Region

Midwest Region

Mountain Region

Northeast Region

NYCOB Region

West Region

Shown above:

Atlantic Region

Freaky Frogs - Grade 3 | Lead Academy Public Charter School | Greenville, South Carolina

After grappling with the question of what it means to become an expert at something, students completed an in-depth research of frogs during an expedition built from the EL Education ELA Grade 3 curriculum. They partnered with a local expert herpetologist and professor of biology, took advantage of the school’s location near a nature park to conduct field studies, and then after multiple drafts and revisions, they created scientific drawings and wrote narratives to produce a high-quality literary magazine. 

Midwest Region

Somewhere in a Solar System - Grade 5 | Cordelia Harvey Elementary School | Kenosha, Wisconsin

Fifth graders investigated relationships between the components of the solar system to create this narrative non-fiction book. Students read an anchor text, Space Encyclopedia: A Tour of our Solar System and Beyond, by David Aguilar, and studied mentor texts*, Sea Creature Portraits and Stories (3rd grade authors) and Slithering Snake Stories (2nd grade authors).
*Both mentor texts are available on the Models of Excellence website, modelsofexcellence.ELeducation.org

Mountain Region

Charcoal Self Portraits and I am Poems - Grade 9 | William Smith High School| Aurora, Colorado

Students were asked to represent who they are in a self-portrait and a poem after evaluating ways in which past community groups affected change, researching a current community issue, and proposing actionable solutions.

Northeast Region

The Life of Frederick Douglass - Grade 8 | Christa McAuliffe Charter School | Framingham, MA

These beautiful picture books were the final product for a unit on Frederick Douglass and other narratives of slavery using EL Education’s ELA Grade 7: Module 3 and other resources.

New York City Outward Bound Schools

Swoon - Grade 12 | MELS| Queens, New York

Students created self-portraits to illustrate an element of their independence that they wish to maintain through their lives. 
They considered facial expression, gesture, and symbolism to help communicate their message. Inspired by the street artist Swoon, the work incorporates layers using mixed media to add color to the portraits. In the end, portraits were an expressionistic “x-ray” of the artists and what they value in life.

West Region

Plants and Animals of the Tillamook Forest - Grade 6 | Springville K-8 School | Beaverton, Oregon

After studying plants and animals in the Tillamook Forest students were each assigned a plant or an animal. They used their sketchbooks to sketch pictures of the forest from their organisms’ perspective and used books and websites to research their organism. They wrote a nonfiction text and poem and painted their plant or animal with the help of a professional artist.

Download this resource to see the many beautiful examples of student work that were displayed at this conference.


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