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Losing Sleep?

Focus: research, summarizing, visual presentation

(Writing 8.6, 8.7, 8.8; Speaking and Listening 8.5; Language 8.1, 8.2)

Pre-activity Practice:

  • Examine several examples of diagrams.
    • Rate them on a scale of 1-5 for visual appeal.
    • Rate them on a scale of 1-5 for quality of information.
    • (1 is poor, 5 is excellent)
  • Discuss with your class:
    • What is necessary for a diagram to be visually appealing?
    • What should someone include in a diagram to express information clearly?
    • How should a diagram be organized to communicate effectively to the audience?

"Losing Sleep?" Activity Directions:

  • Research and take notes (20 note cards minimum, from at least 4 different sources) about the physical and mental effects of not getting enough sleep. Be accurate. Record your sources on the Source Record Sheet. Take care not to plagiarize!
  • Organize your information into sets according to the body part that is affected. Write that body part at the top of each note card.
  • Pencil-sketch a detailed image of a person in the center of your draft paper.
  • Label at least 10 body parts of the image and include a minimum of a single-sentence description (per body part) of how lack of sleep physically affects a person. Draw a straight line from each body part label to the appropriate part of the person.
  • Self edit & peer edit for accuracy, clarity, and conventions.
  • Make a hand-drawn, detailed, full-color final copy of your person on unlined paper.
  • Using school tools, import your image into a Google Slide.
  • Type the labels and sentences, and draw lines to connect them to the appropriate parts of your person. Position information to be easy to understand and visually appealing.
  • Peer edit for a quality presentation, accuracy, clarity, and conventions.
  • Make corrections for the teacher to print a final copy in color.

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