Whitcomb Middle School: 2013 Student Essay project
"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children."
~Native American Proverb
"Don't blow it - good planets are hard to find."
What is sustainability and why is it important for our students to think about sustainability issues in our environment? These are two questions the seventh grade Whitcomb Middle School students on Team 7A looked into as they learned about global warming and the rising interest in alternative energies. To do so they conducted research, organized their information, and wrote a persuasive essay. Finally, they evaluated each other’s work.
How did the students conduct research? Using the hidden web, specifically EBSCO host, students researched these topics, writing down source information and taking notes. Then they organized their notes and wrote drafts of their research report.
How were the top essays identified? Students were asked to evaluate other students’ work – for each essay the student name was erased and replaced with a code. The students evaluated the essays using a specific rubric, the top essays were identified. The top essays were returned to the students who continued to work on their essay until it was a publishable draft.
We hope you enjoy reading these essays!
7th Grade Teacher
p.s. 2012 Essays are shown first, followed by the 2013 Essays