Working at a Catholic Primary School and having Year Six students means that I need to assist in preparing them for the Sacrament of Confirmation. I therefore decided to create a problem based task that students could work through in the term prior to them receiving the Sacrament.
Susan Kay (@SusanKayWA) played a big role in creating this task. She was my mentor as a graduate teacher and has taught me a lot.
I started by creating a free website using Weebly. On this website I outlined all of the tasks that needed to be completed. Some of these were open ended and others more specific in the final product.
Here is a brief outline of what each task was based on:
Task One - What is a Saint?
Task Two - Researching your chosen Saint, whose name you have taken for Confirmation.
Task Three - The process of Canonisation.
Task Four - The qualities that Saints have.
Task Five - Present day Australian heroes who have similar qualities to Saints.
This is the Saint Task Website I created. You will find all of the rubrics on this website and below.
Persuasive Writing Rubric
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
I used the Fluency 21 App to create this project. It was a great way to start the year and teach students a range of leadership skills.
You can find the outline here:
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
In the Catholic school system, Year Six Students are the leaders of the school. It is important that they have strong role models who display leadership skills that students can look up to. Students need to feel that they belong and have the opportunity to display their own leadership skills. It is therefore important for students to understand that leaders come in all forms and show leadership in a range of ways (not just strong public speaking skills, technology skills, etc).
Students define four communities they are involved in. All students to include family and school communities, and choose another two they are involved in (sport, parish, academic, etc). Create a brainstorm depicting what these communities have in common, how the leaders act/behave and why they show strong or poor leadership skills. Students may like to colour code this brainstorm so that it is easier for them to follow.
Students research the life of an inspiring leader. This is a leader from one of their four communities. Create questions about this person's life and the leadership opportunities they have had throughout their life; including pre-school, primary school, high school, outside of school and after school opportunities. Students to write these questions in order, from early life to today.
Organise an interview with this person and record it orally or visually (students interviewing a leader in another state/country may need to use Skype and Screenr to record their interview). Students then listen back to interview and take notes, allowing them to pause recording and get any notes down which they feel are important or of relevance. Once again, keeping these notes in order from early life to present life. Students use the information gathered from the interview to create a range of sentences or key points outlining their leader's life and the leadership opportunities they have had.
Students use this information to create an info-graphic about their chosen leader, using easel.ly or piktochart.com to do so. Students will need to include the key points about their leader and find appropriate images to include. They will also need to think about the structure of the info-graphic. How will it be organised or displayed, where will images be placed, will they be cartoons or photographs, etc? Students also need to keep in mind colour choices, focussing on what will attract readers and what will be easy to read.
Once students have completed their info-graphic, they need to relate their leader's leadership skills back to themselves. Students are allowed to choose how they wish to present/display this (see resource - 101 Ways to Show What You Know).