Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Survey Project

Step 1) Plan your survey. After you conference kid-to-kid-to-kid-to-kid, copy and paste the following four questions into your Google Doc. Take your time when answering these questions, because you will eventually be able to incorporate what you write for these answers into the first paragraph of your written account to be published in Neeble.

  • What is your final question?
  • Why are you interested in this question?
  • Why should others learn about your findings?
  • Who will benefit from your survey and findings?

Step 2) Create your survey using
  • Click "Sign In" in the upper right hand corner
  • Sign in with your Google Account
  • Click "Accept"
  • Click "Create a New Account"
  • Click "Create Survey"
  • Follow the directions from there!

Step 3) Collect Data

Step 4) Analyze your data.
  • Read through your results.
  • Read through your results again and note what you initially notice.  (Small notes!)
  • Read through your results again and look for themes. 
  • Reflect on your data by writing your thoughts to the following five questions.  Copy and paste these questions into your Survey Project Google Doc.  Take your time when answering these questions, because you will eventually be able to incorporate what you write for these answers into the analysis paragraphs of your written account to be published in Neeble.

Step 5) Tell others.  

Writing an Article About Your Survey

*  An article is a way to “tell others,” through writing, about an inquiry.
*  An article has sectionsintroduction, procedure, results, interpreting results, and new directions.

*  An article has a plan, a rough draft, and an edited final copy.

You have created a survey.  You began this project by asking a question.  You then gathered data.  Now it is time to tell others.  We worked together as a team to understand the steps in creating a survey.  Remember your audience.  Writing this article allows you to share your survey results with your teammates and our public audience through publication in our online zine, Neeble.

Step A) Writing a Rough Draft - After you have completed your plan, you may begin writing your rough draft on your Chromebook.  Please use the document that I pushed out titled Survey Project Article.  Write about each of the sections below.  Each paragraph must have a main idea with supporting details.  Begin each paragraph by restating the questions below.  (e.g. Why did you choose this question?  I chose this question, because…)

Introduction  (Use your “Step 1: Plan Your Survey” notes and add details.)

1.  Describe the background that led to your survey, including why you are interested in this topic.
2.  Conclude your introduction with a purpose statement.  Begin the sentence with the phrase: "Therefore, the purpose of my survey was to..."  Follow this sentence by stating more specifically what you wanted to learn.  
Mr. Mark's Introduction Example

Procedure  (Use our story map and add details.)
3.  What did you do to answer your survey question?

Results  (Use your “Step 4: Analyze Your Data” notes and add details.)
4.  Reflect on your data.  What did you find out by doing your survey?
5.  Add a graph or two to show your data visually.
6.  What problems did you have with collecting data?

Interpreting Results  (Use your “Step 4: Analyze Your Data” notes and add details.)
7. How do the results compare with your original prediction?  What was similar?  What was different?
8. What surprises did you have?
9. If you were to do this project again, what would you do differently?

New Directions

10. What new surveys could you have come off of this one?  Or what would you like to learn more about?


11. What will the title be for your article?

Step B) Kid to Kid Revising Conference - When your rough draft is completed, please work with another kid and use the Revising Checklist that we created to make changes to your writing.

Step C) Conference with Mr. Mark - When you complete your Kid to Kid Conference, sign up for a conference with Mr. Mark.  We will see if your writing matches your plan.  We will check to see if you have written each section of our journal article “recipe.”  We will check to see if each paragraph has supporting details.

Step D) Final Copy - Use your conference feedback to revise and edit your rough draft to create your final copy.  

Inserting an Image From Survey Monkey into Your Google Doc -- By Henry

How to Quote a Source Within the Text of Your Paper
(From the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Writing Center)

Paragraph Organization = MEAL

Main Idea (statement/assertion)
Evidence (because so and so in this study says so)
Analysis (this means that...)
Link (here's what's next / so what)

Introducing a Quotation 

Guide your reader through your text.  Integrate the quotation.  Don't just drop a quotation in your paper and leave it up to your reader to make connections.

Two elements are usually needed to integrate a quotation:
  • A signal that a quotation is coming--generally the author's name and a reference to their work
  • An assertion that indicates the relationship of the quotation to your text.
These can be a single statement in the Main Idea.  Here's some examples of a signal and assertion followed by Evidence, Analysis, and Link.

Across the country, many students have been found to throw away the vegetables in their school lunch [assertion]. According to a Newsela article that was adapted from the McClatchy Washington Bureau [signal], Brad Kramer, the head of the Kansas school district’s food service, says that he wants to serve the students healthy food, but he also knows that it does not do any good unless the they will actually eat it [paraphrased quotation/Evidence].  A theory I have is that this is not happening just in Kansas but all over the United States [Analysis]. This makes me wonder what strategies schools could use to make it more likely that students will eat the vegetables on their tray [Link].

Acccording to Neighmond's (2013) National Public Radio story Selling Kids On Vegetables When Rules Like “Clean Your Plate” Fail [signal], requiring kids to eat certain foods like vegetables is often doomed from the start [assertion]. Interviewed in this story was Kristy King, a registered dietitian at Texas Children's Hospital, who observes that the better option is creative negotiation, such as "Try it Tuesdays" during which parents and children try a new food together after both are involved in preparing the dish [paraphrased quotation/Evidence]. This means that integrating cooking classes into the curriculum or finding a way to have students participate in food preparation, especially that of new foods, could improve vegetable consumption during school lunches [Analysis].

References: How to Cite a News Website 
(From Purdue University's Online Writing Lab)

Create a final boldfaced heading titled References.  List your references alphabetically by the author's last name.  Notice that only the first letter of the title is capitalized and there are a bunch of periods used in the citation.  Websites can be wrapped from one line to another after a forward slash (/). Here's the general format to cite a news website followed by an example.

Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). Title of article. Title of Newspaper. Retrieved from

Neighmond, P. (2013, March 4). Selling kids on vegetables when rules like “clean your plate” fail. National Public Radio. Retrieved from

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