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MOTT, ND: My Own Topic Time, Notedly Displayed


MOTT Directions in Brief



A Checklist for Class and Home Work

MOTT Example 

1. Read

My topic:        

My Purpose:                                           

My audience:



2. Respond: respond daily with—

Today I learned that (facts/summary/theme)…

A connection to me is…

This helps me understand that..

With this information I can



3. Reflect: After reading, interpret your text by responding to—

What did I learn? (words/graphics)

How does this relate to/ connect with me?

How does this help me understand the world?

What will I do with this information?



4. Write a one page paper (at least five hundred (500) words) explaining your interpretation of the text)--


  • A clear thesis that states your interpretation of the text in your opening paragraph (answers to Step 3, which your notes should already contain)
  • Paragraphs that explain your thesis – each with a main idea that relates to and builds on your thesis
    •  Includes examples and details from the text you read which provide support to the ideas and connections you made as you read the text (your responses in Step 2)
    • Organizes information to maintain the focus and development of supporting details for each paragraph
  • A title that helps clarify or even extend the idea/theme/thesis of your paper; it should not be anything like “The Weekly Writing Paper” or “MOTT” or the title of your text.



5. Revise and proofread your paper.



6. Your paper format should include:

Header (name, date due, date submitted, assignment title)

Title (centered, capitalized)

Paper Body (Step 4)

Bibliographic Citation (see your Write Source 2000 or Ginn English or link to http://citationmachine.net/  for APA format.




o Read and interpret a variety of types of text on a topic of interest to you for your purpose and audience

o Improve your familiarity with how to use resources (texts (fiction and nonfiction), web, thesaurus, dictionary, English resources, etc.)

o Reinforce and extend your knowledge of how to write paragraphs for an audience and purpose that are focused, organized, and developed using examples and details

o Write about a subject of interest to you and your audience that demonstrates your ability to read a variety of texts with insight to make connections to your ideas and your world

o Write with an emphasis on theme, clarity, and correctness



Printable Version


My Open Spaces


Choose a topic and reading materials of personal interest to you in order to create a project for yourself, and, hopefully, others.


1 Peruse information.

  • Read about your topic during MOTT. (at least 60 min. each week)

  • Stay awake.

  • Put homework away.

  • Focus on reading only.

  • Share after reading time.

  • Complete other activities later.


2 Process information.


  • Represent your learning and thoughts in your notebook.


  • __Free response suggestions__


  • Statements: I learned, I wonder, I agree, I disagree, This is like, etc.


  • Representations: pictures, pictographs, webs, lists, relationships, graphic organizers, etc.


  • __Structured Response suggestions__


  • Reflection questions: How would you use this information?

  • How important is the information to you? Why?

  • What do you find most interesting about the information? Why? *** What are some questions you have about what you have read?

  • How is what you read different from what you thought you know?


3 Produce information.


  • Actions: Construct a graphic organizer representing something you found interesting.

    • Construct a picture of something you just read about.

    • Construct a pictograph of something important to your topic.


  • Interact with others to share your information.

  • Share information: Display a summary or clarification of your MOTT interests.

    • Poster, brochure, flowchart, graphic organizer, skit, handout, Powerpoint, oral report, web page, etc.


Enjoy this time to persue topics of interest to you.


Ms. Edwards


Online Resources



MOTT Classwork

Online MOTT Directions



Things to Read and Research

News and You 8

What's Happening in the World

MOTT Resources and Quick Links

American Dream

Political Ideals and You


Book Reviews


Things to Remember

Author Style Bookmarks


How to Cite Your Sources


How to Make a Presentation


Things to Help Organization

Make a My Project Notes page with template

Make a My Project Tracker page with template



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