Go Green for Recycling – English

Student(s): Kathryn Douglas
Date: 4/8/13      Grade Level: 10th Grade English
Instructor: Carla Stone      Email: stoneshores@comcast.net
Teaching Assistant: Bella Tirtowalujo           Email: tirtowal@msu.edu

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Name of Project: “Go Green for Recycling!”

Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

Students in 10th grade typically take language composition for their English class. One major issue that occurs all over is the problem of overwhelming landfills and the lack of recycling that is taking place. There have been many attempts to make this problem more well known, and now the students here will get that opportunity to truly experience this problem and get the chance to come up with solutions on their own. Students in their 10th grade English class will do a service project to increase awareness of the importance of recycling. Students will lead a school-wide can and bottle drive that they will then bring to be recycled. They will also provide the school with more ways for them to recycle and encourage it throughout the school. Also, they will be placed into groups of four and asked to promote recycling by placing a recycle bin somewhere within the community and be responsible for recycling the contents appropriately. Then, they will research the issue and write a comprehensive research paper on the topic. The final part of this paper will be how they have contributed through what they have been doing within the school and outside in the community.


Effective Practice: MEANINGFUL SERVICE

Service learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities. 

What community need will you address and how did you determine the need?

This service learning ties into the issue, or rather the need, to recycle more. I determined this need based on my knowledge about recycling, and how even though there is much more attention to it now, there is still too much being thrown away rather than being recycled.

What service will you provide to address the need?

The students will be providing places that people within the school community and the outside community can recycle more.


Effective Practice: LINK TO CURRICULUM

Service learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.

How is this project related to your curriculum?

Students are supposed to learn how to write a research paper and this will provide the students with a topic that they will be able to have hands-on experience with. This will make their writing of the paper easier, because they will have background knowledge about it and will also be able to integrate their own experience into the paper.

What are the educational goals?

The educational goals are that the students will understand how to successfully write a comprehensive research paper and be able to understand how the people one would typically write about in these papers go about making a difference. The students become these people and that will increase their confidence about the writing assignment and their abilities in general within the class.


Curriculum Connections

 Strand: English: Language Composition, Literature

 TLW:  The learners will demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. They will demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. They will apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening. They will determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 9–10 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies. They will demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. They will acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

Additional State Standards and Benchmarks    List standards and benchmarks met by this project.

1.1 Writing Process
1.2 Personal Growth
1.3 Purpose and Audience
1.4 Inquiry and Research
1.5 Finished Products
2.1 Strategy Development
2.2 Meaning Beyond the Literal Level
2.3 Independent Reading
3.1 Close Literary Reading
3.2 Reading and Response
3.3 Text Analysis
3.4 Mass Media
4.1 Effective Use of the English Language
4.2 Language Variety


Effective Practice: REFLECTION

Service learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.

What form(s) of reflection will you use with the students to help them identify what they have learned and accomplished?

The last part of the research paper assignment will be for the students to talk about their experience with recycling and what they did and learned from the service learning.


Effective Practice: DIVERSITY

Service learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants. 

What types of diverse perspectives and experiences will be explored as part of your project?

(i.e.: cultural, generational, abilities/disabilities, learning styles, etc)

The students, within writing their research paper on recycling, will need to research other countries and what organizations are working to fix this problem. This learning will be writing-based, interactive, and discussion-based. Therefore, it incorporates a variety of learning styles.


Effective Practice: YOUTH VOICE

Service learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service learning experiences with guidance from adults.

How will students gain ownership of the project?

Students will be able to choose where in the community they would like to set up a recycling bin. I will also be very open to other methods of going about providing service. For instance, if students feel one place really needs help, we will explore methods that they can help out. The students will be able to decide where in the school they should place the recycle bins and when they should hold the bottle and can drive.



Service learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.

Who will you partner with for this project?

For this service learning, I will partner with the school district to begin putting more recycle bins around the school and for beginning a bottle and can drive. I will also partner with places that each group wants to place their own recycle bins to ensure that they approve with this. I will also be partnering with other teachers in the school to keep informed as to what they will be doing, if anything, regarding the issue of recycling.

How will students benefit from this partnership?

Students will learn about more places in the community in need of methods of recycling and they will also become more aware of taking care of their school. By partnering with other teachers in the school, this broadens the students’ experience with this topic. If students have multiple teachers getting involved with this topic of recycling then they will get such a range of knowledge about it and really be able to help in many different ways. This will also help them if I am informed about what other teachers are doing I can make sure that nothing is duplicated.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

The places in the community will benefit greatly by being given the opportunity to increase their recycling and they can also get to know the youth of their community more if they don’t already know them. The other teachers will be informed of what I am doing in my classroom so that nothing is duplicated. We can then work together to create lessons that are different, but that work together.



Service learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.

How will you assess the student learning goals?

I will assess their learning goals by evaluating their final research papers. I will grade it based on depth of research and self-evaluation on their own participation experience.

How will you assess your service goals?

I will be monitoring the students and making sure they are participating in the service around the school and the community and have them provide proof to me that they are recycling around the community.



Service learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.

How will you prepare students for this experience?

I will find reading material about recycling and articles to present to the class to open up the topic to them. I will then teach them about how to write a research paper by telling them about every aspect that goes into it. I will also inform the students about what they will need to do to be successful in their service aspect. I will teach them that they need to ask permission before they place recycling bins in places and will have to raise awareness to make sure they work.

What are some sample possible activities students might do as part of this project?

Students can go door to door in their neighborhoods to collect recyclables, they can tell members of their community to help them by recycling around town in bins provided by them, and they can create signs promoting recycling.



The three arms of sustainability are environmental stewardship, economic growth, and social progress. Think planet, profit, and people.

Describe how your project addresses the issue of sustainability?

This project is all about sustainability. The hope here is that once the project is done the students will continue to recycle and the places around the community continue with the bins themselves. Also, the school will be more informed about recycling to continue with it after the project is over. The Earth is much more healthy with even the littlest of help from us recycling, therefore we will be promoting the health of our land. The more that is done here, the healthy our world becomes.