You can now find famous Ohioans throughout the hallways of Indian Lake Middle School.
7th grade students in Sarah Berg and Erika Eley’s Language Arts classes completed writing projects featuring more than 120 Ohioans, ranging from actress Halle Berry to “first in flight” brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright.
They started out as a group writing a biography about one of the most famous Ohioans, astronaut Neil Armstrong from Wapakoneta. Students were required to use the Modern Language Association (MLA) format for short papers including an introduction, supporting paragraphs and conclusion. They also received instruction on how to find credible sources, how to properly site those sources within their text, and how to avoid plagiarism. Next, students chose their own Ohioans out of a hat and wrote papers individually. Those projects are posted for all to see.
7th grade Intervention Specialist Jean Newmeyer helped with the projects. She says, “The kids were surprised to learn how many interesting people come from Ohio. They were inspired to do their best work!”
After the rough drafts were done, students went through the self- and peer-editing process. They were also required to type their biographies during computer lab and submit final drafts electronically. Instructors say this project covered several critical language arts skills, while helping students understand how many Ohioans have helped shape our world.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.