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    Mini Reports

    I posted in a brief discussion on this somewhere else, so I apologize for the repost. (It was in Year 3.)

    My ds is in 8th grade and just moved up to Dialectic this year. It has been an adjustment and challenge at times for him. He struggles with processing. I want him to start doing an occasional mini-report, but not sure he will have time. How long do the mini-reports typically take? Do you use outside sources or just the suggested readings? Also, I saw that there are many ways to do mini-reports, but he needs concrete instructions. Anything open-ended would be overwhelming. Please send any suggestions you have.

    We are currently using IEW for writing and he has learned how to do reports using multiple sources. I would like to do cross-curricular writing, and the mini-reports seem like a good way to do that.

    Thank you in advance.

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    My biggest piece of advice is to start small and work up. You know him and how he works, so don't get into "how long" for other students. Instead you decide both how long do you want him to spend on this at first and what can he do in that time. Maybe at first you'll have him spend a total of 30 minutes on a report. He'll spend 15 minutes reading and article and another 15 minutes writing it up. Then consider doing another report the following week and maybe yet another. Every couple of weeks, you can add to the length of time and complexity of what he is doing. The key is to build him up to your goal.
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    Hi,

    Regarding mini-reports, it is up to you, the teacher, as to how long this should take. This can be in any form. You may want to do an oral report, a poster, etc. It need not be a written report every time. Be creative and start out small in the beginning. I would use the resources you have at first before bringing in any outside resources. As always start out slow and build.

    There is a footnote in Year 3, Week 3 in the Teacher's Notes under the Dialectic History Discussion outline that tells what a mini-report is and how you can do one.

    I hope this information was helpful. If you have further questions please feel free to ask on the forum or give me a call at 1-800-705-7487.
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    Thank you. He did his first report last week. I let him choose from the topic choices. He started with a World Book online search and then we found another online source article. He read them and pulled out 5-7 interesting facts. (We just started using IEW, so we followed those directions regarding report writing.) He doesn't like to write, so he did it as an oral report with me asking him questions. It was a nice conversation and he enjoyed being the "expert".

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