A number of persons have reviewed the SBA outline that I have posted to this blog and they have also asked a number of questions based on the new CSEC English A SBA.
This post is my attempt to further breakdown/explain the CSEC English A SBA.
This information was gathered from a CSEC Webinar that was conducted in September. Click HERE to see the syllabus outline of the SBA.
THE SBA OUTLINE
Students will be in groups of 4 or 5.
FUNCTION OF THE GROUP
- Students will assist each other by proof reading each others work
- Have group discussions and brainstorm ideas
- Assist each other in research
- Write the written report together
NB: Group work is not optional. It is a part of the process of the SBA.
Students and/ or teachers can create a number of themes (drug abuse, violence against women, natural disasters, etc ). Themes can also be created by students based on their interests.
Each group will select a theme. Each student in the group will select a sub-theme based on the group theme.
Teachers can guide students to identify sub-themes through brainstorming the theme.
The Main Theme: Drug Abuse
The Sub-Themes can be:
* drug abuse treatments
* the effects of drug abuse
* how drug abuse contributes to crime
* how drug abuse affects teenagers
RESEARCHAfter sub-themes have been selected, students will now find their three (3) pieces of data/artefacts that further explains the theme. These pieces of data (artefacts) can come in the following formats: a document (articles, tables, pictures, audio (a recording), video, an interview etc). Student will select materials that is they can write a reflection on.
One of the three pieces must be print. Your audio can be placed on a CD or Flash Drive
Students should not do any interviews or questionnaires for this research.
REFLECTIONStudents will then write their reflection of how the document/ artefact shaped their thinking about the sub-topic they are exploring.
Students will then examine how the language helped them to further understand the sub-theme/topic.
Students will write THREE entries in which the student reflects on the issue/topic/ theme/ event selected should be completed in their portfolio.
The final piece of reflection should state how doing this SBA or Sub-theme helped the student to become a better person or improved his/her attitude. (This can be done at the end of the year.)
The entire group will have 12 pieces of data/artefacts in total. Students must use their own pieces of material. Students should not have the same reflections. Each reflection must be individual.
These reflections should be written in class.
STRUCTURE OF THE REFLECTION
State how the data/artefact has inspired you, affected you, impacted on you, and what does it remind you of.
Students will comment on the use of language. They will state if the language formal, informal, jargons, slangs, technical or distant tone. State how the language aid in your understanding of the sub-theme/topic.
State how the sub-theme/topic helps you to become a better person , shape your attitude, etc. (This should be done at the end of the term.)
WRITTEN REPORT (300 words)
This is a report on the research process. This also states the outcome of the research.
You can answer these questions in your written report.
*What steps have you taken to get your work done?
*How did you collect the data?
*Are you happy with the pieces you have done?
*Are you happy working as a group?
*Did you learnt individually or as a group?
*Did you meet as a group?
*Do you think the group was effective working together?
This report should be written as a group.
ORAL PRESENTATION (3-5 minutes)
What you have decided to do as your contribution to your theme/sub- theme. Students can write a poem, drama piece, or prose piece. Students creative response after a brief overview of the research process.
A brief plan of the oral presentation must be submitted in the portfolio. This must be a part of the presentation.
This should be done in Standard English. Teachers will mark the presentation. The presentation must be recorded and place it on a CD or Flash Drive.
PLAN OF INVESTIGATION (100 words)An introduction to the issue/topic/theme/event (A satisfactory response should be no more than 100 words).
(a) Why did you choose this issue/topic/theme/event?
(b) What are the expected benefits to you as a student of English?
(c) How do you intend to collect relevant information on your issue/topic/theme/event and use this in your presentation?