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India / Buddhism_Profiling Buddha

The Task:
To write

Since Buddha lived about 2500 years ago, you will have to 'pretend' you interviewed him. Your essay should include precise, relevant information about each of them from your research notes and your "exclusive interview." Remember you are comparing two people's lives, including thoughts and actions that make them "newsworthy." We will use your student text "The Development of the Human Story" to help guide us through the process. Suggestion: You might want to compare how they lived, their diet, their thoughts and words, their goals, etc.

Please also develop an assertion about why the Buddha and Dalai Lama are significant or "newsworthy."

1. Read the rubric for the essay.
2. Research important ideas about Buddha and
3. Respond to the graphic organizers to help you organize your information. (including the ABC word wall)
4. Keep track of your sources to include in your final bibliography.
5. Make an assertion about each person that you can prove with evidence while you compare and conrtrast each person.
6. Use an outline for planning the 5 paragraph essay.
7. Remember to use your own words! (copying someone else's is plagiarism and will result in zero credit.)
8. Write a rough draft which will we pair-edit using the rubric.
9. rewrite and Publish


Extra Credit: If you finish the task above and need a challenge, write another essay using the Option #2
found on page 69 of the student text, "The Development of the Human Story."


buddhared buddhagrey buddhablue


    buddha shell


"The Development of the Human Storyt"(student text,) the two 6th Grade Social Studies books, the city, classroom, & school libraries.
Buddhism Internet Resource Links
BBC Buddhism The Eightfold Path Pitara Kids Network on the Dalai Lama
Buddhisma for Kids (Woodland MS) Buddhist Multi Media Collection National Geographic for Kids
Buddha Basics Four Noble Truths Dalai Lama home page
Buddhist Parables Mr. Donn's Activities Britanica for Kids
British Museum The Life of Siddhartha Gautama Time for Kids
Buddhist Images World Almanac for Kids Dalai Lama Video




Tentative SCHEDULE

M 11.30   Introduction
Th 12.3   Review Rubric, Reading /note taking "The Development of the Human Story"
M 12.7   Internet & document research / note taking - forming questions, bibliography
Tu 12.8   Document research / note taking - forming questions, bibliography
Th 12.10   Internet & document research / note taking - forming questions, bibliography
M 12.14   Using Graphic Organizers & Essay Outline / Rough Draft 1
Th 12.17   Peer Edit Rough Draft 1
M 1.11   Rough Draft 2 Due



Buddhism Documents
Graphic Organizers ~ (WORD TEMPLATES)
Module 1 ABC Word Wall Content Words
Module 1 Matrix Graphic Organizer
Module 4 Outline ProfileModule 4 Outline Profile
Module 4 Scoring Rubric-Expo
Module 4 Transitions Handout for Grade 6 Expo


buddhafeet   buddhafeet




W2.2 Write expository compositions (e.g., description, explanation, comparison and contrast, problem and solution):

  1. State the thesis or purpose.
  2. Explain the situation.
  3. Follow an organizational pattern appropriate to the type of composition.
  4. Offer persuasive evidence to validate arguments and conclusions as needed.

R2.7    Make reasonable assertions about a text through accurate, supporting citations.

W1.3   Use a variety of effective and coherent organizational patterns, including comparison and contrast;  organization by categories; and arrangement by spatial order, order of importance, or climactic  order.

R2.2   Analyze text that uses the compare-and-contrast organizational pattern.
R2.3   Connect and clarify main ideas by identifying their relationships to other sources and related topics.
R2.4    Clarify an understanding of texts by creating outlines, logical notes, summaries, or reports.

LC1.1   Use simple, compound, and compound-complex sentences; use effective coordination and subordination of ideas to express complete thoughts.

LC1.4   Use correct capitalization.

LC1.5   Spell frequently misspelled words correctly (e.g., their, they're, there).





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