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Students Get Real-World Experience

Publication: Branson Tri-Lakes News
Date: December 21, 2011

Summary: Sixth grade students at Branson Intermediate School, inspired by teacher-consultants from the Ozarks Writing Project, gained real-world experience by writing and implementing their own business plans to raise money for a spring literature conference.


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Since returning from Thanksgiving break, students from Kelly Neal's and Sandy Miller's sixth-grade classes have been putting together business proposals, reading recipes, creating commercials and writing jingles.

Last week, everything they've been working on came together and the students sold their products, raising $672 to help support an annual spring literature conference at Branson Intermediate School.

"It is basically real-world experiences," Miller said as she watched students sell packages of snacks before school last Wednesday.

The project originated after Miller and Neal attended an Ozarks Writing Project conference and were challenged to incorporate real-world technical writing into a class project.

Students knew more than a grade was at stake going into it. Only four business proposals could be approved.

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