Lesson Plan

Research Project

Lake Michigan Shoreline—Sports Legends


Basic Task:  Your job in this project is to further understand the Big 6 Research Strategy.  You are expected to research the following sources:  reference, book, SIRS, Infotrac, various computer databases, and the Internet.  One final step will include visiting the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame.  The information found in these sources will then be applied to making a brochure that answers the big question:


How have sports impacted the American way of life?


The Parts of the Brochure:

Section 1:   The Front Cover

            The front cover should look appealing in both the visual and caption sense.

Visually:  It should contain a picture or two and use color to attract the eye.

Caption Sense:  This is your “hook” and “thesis” part of this project.

·         Your catch phrase is obviously your hook.  This is quite simply anything you find appealing or exciting about your topic.  (Ex.  The bitter, cold wind and the icy slopes are no match for the steel nerves of a dedicated snowboarder.)

·         The second written element of the front page, thesis, is for you to be more directive in your approach on the issue.  Here is where you may give a little more information to the possible traveler.  (Ex.  Muskegon County’s dominance on the gridiron has been inspired by past legends such Earl Edwin Morrall and his dedication to the game.)

Section 2:  The Inside Pages

Topics Covered  (At least three):  These pages are for you to express certain topics or points of interest.  They will be very similar to topic sentences in a paper.  You can also follow up any information with a visual cue.  (Ex.  The art of motocross was first established in the 1920s and has thrilled generations with its high speed and stunts.).

            Topic Sections:

                        1.  Background information on the development of the sport

                        2.  Its influence on Muskegon County

                        3.  The Legend or Hall of Famer analysis

Background Information (two to three supporting facts):  For the topic mentioned above, here is a good time to list a couple of facts (possibly adding pictures as well). 

                        1.  Explain your topic

                        2.  Expand on the details

                        3.  Give supporting evidence or testimony

Remember:  Each time you state a fact that is NOT common knowledge or take someone else’s writings word for word, you need to document it in MLA fashion!    “Quote” (author #).

Section 3:  Bottom Right, Last Inside Page

Clincher:  What is the lasting impression you want your audience to take from your topic?  What could encourage them to go and learn more?  How aptly accomplished is this local hero?

Section 4:  Back Page

Works Cited:  Make sure you keep accurate Source Cards and set up your information correctly (MLA)

            Must have sources:

            1.  Two different online databases

            2.  Internet (not Wiki)

            3.  Book source

            4.  Visiting information from the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame

            Other ideas:

            1.  Reference

            2.  Interview

            3.  Local authors, writers or broadcasters




Works Cited and Documention          /10

Information                                         /20

Conventions                                        /10

Thesis                                                  /10

Total                                                    /50




The Big 6 and Their Role


Research 6

Role:  The Student shall…

Task Define

Analyze and interpret the question:  How have sports played a role in American life? 


Pick a topic.


Connect that topic by using a concept map or other form of graphic organizer in order to link to people, places and events.

Information Seeking Strategies

Identify possibilities in sources—reference, book, online database, internet and a visit to the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame.


Evaluate which sources are most valuable.

Location and Access

Visit the LMC, Hackley Library and the Hall of Fame.


Take notes, photocopy, summarize, highlight, detail information from these resources.

Use of Information

Become engaged in the materials.


Analyze the information:  Extract relevant material and formulate the information into working topics.


Organize and present the material in a new format.


Create a pamphlet and presentation to highlight the key findings.


Assess the effectiveness of the resources chosen as well as the overall final project.


Ask the final question:  Was sufficient information gathered and presented pertaining to the chosen topic?



State Alignment








Develop a system for gathering, organizing, paraphrasing, and summarizing information; select, evaluate, synthesize, and use multiple primary and secondary (print and electronic) resources.

Trait:  Ideas and Organization


Handout:  Concept Map/Linking



Interpret, synthesize, and evaluate information/findings in various print sources and media (e.g., fact and opinion, comprehensiveness of the evidence, bias, varied perspectives, motives and credibility of the author, date of publication) to draw conclusions and implications.

Trait:  Ideas and Voice


Handout:  Bibliography Sheet and Note Cards



Develop and extend a thesis, argument, or exploration of a topic by analyzing differing perspectives and employing a structure that effectively conveys the ideas in writing (e.g., resolve inconsistencies in logic, use a range of strategies to persuade, clarify, and defend a position with precise and relevant evidence; anticipate and address concerns and counterclaims; provide a clear and effective conclusion)

Trait:  Organization and Voice


Assignment:  Constructed thesis and topic sentences answering the guiding question about sports and America



Know and use a variety of prewriting strategies to generate, focus, and organize ideas (e.g., free writing, clustering/mapping, talking with others, brainstorming, outlining, developing graphic organizers, taking notes, summarizing, paraphrasing).

Trait:  Organization and Sentence Fluency


Pre-Writing and Rough Draft



Identify, explore, and refine topics and questions appropriate for research.

Trait:  Organization



Use appropriate conventions of textual citation in different contexts (e.g., different academic disciplines and workplace writing situations).

Trait:  Conventions


Handout:  Peer Editing Sheet



Proofread to check spelling, layout, and font; and prepare selected pieces for a public audience.

Trait:  Conventions and Sentence Fluency


Handout:  Peer Editing Sheet



Demonstrate use of conventions of grammar, usage, and mechanics in written texts, including parts of speech, sentence structure and variety, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.

Trait:  Conventions and Sentence Fluency