LESSON 5.6
Grade Old Variable Ideas

You now have ideas for the Old variable.  But which one should you use?

Grading the Old

You can grade the Old variable ideas just as you did the New variable ideas.  You can use the A – B – C method you used in the Nonfiction with Narrator Essay—

A = Awesome.  Same as B except that readers are likely to say “Wow!”

B = Better. Educated adult readers are unlikely to know much about the idea AND are likely to be interested.

C = Common. Educated adult readers likely know a lot about the idea OR are unlikely to be interested

Or, you can use the shorter version of Old vs. New.

New     =    Educated adult readers are unlikely to know much about the idea AND are likely to be interested.

Old      =   Educated adult readers likely know a lot about the idea OR are unlikely to be interested

You can also grade an idea “Old” if you feel the idea is too broad to cover in a few paragraphs.  After all, you want to write an essay, not a book.

Example

Let’s grade the 15 ideas from Lesson 5.5.  You probably won’t agree with some of the grades. That doesn’t matter. No grading system is perfect.

Old Idea?

Reason

for Old

New Idea?

Possible Idea

Name

 

 

X

White slavery

Florence Baker

 

 

X

The Old West in 1820

Jim Bridger

X

Most know the park

 

Yosemite National Park

John Muir

 

 

X

Newly discovered ancient cities in the Amazon

Percy Fawcett

 

 

X

Women’s gymnastics before 1968

Olga Korbutt

 

 

X

Racism against Native American runners

Billy Mills

 

 

X

The creation of Nike shoes

Steve Prefontaine

X

Common idea

 

Drug controversies in American running

Flo-Jo

 

 

X

Women’s American sprinting before 1960

Wilma Rudolph

 

 

X

The rise of African runners

Abebe Bikila

 

 

X

Controversies in track and field in the Olympics

Dorando Pietri

X

Probably don’t care

 

The history of the marathon

Eliud Kipchoge

 

 

X

The history of women’s long-distant running

Kathrine Switzer

X

Probably don’t care

 

Running and the Ancient Greeks

Pheidippides

X

Probably don’t care

 

The history of skateboarding

Jason Lee

Percy Fawcett
Flo-Jo
Abebe Bikila
Kathrine Switzer

Task 5.6.1 – Individual, Small Group, or Class

Grade the Old variable ideas from Lesson 5.5

If you end up with less than five New ideas, then brainstorm and grade more of your New ideas.