Back In the Day: It's a Cinch by the Inch!

posted Mar 27, 2014, 4:18 PM by Paul Schwan   [ updated Apr 8, 2014, 10:42 AM ]
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! How do you travel a mile? One inch at a time! Our Back in the Day research project can seem overwhelming at times:
  • 30 cards in 3 weeks? How about 10 cards per week? Or, even better, 2 cards per day? (It's a cinch by the inch; but, hard by the yard!)
  • 3 pages in 7 days? How about one-half page per day?
That's what we calculated today when we started planning our writing process so that we can reach our goal of finishing our 3-page paper by the due date on Friday, April 4.

Just like we're doing in AR reading, we will do a check every couple of days to make sure we're writing about one-half page per day. So, beginning Friday (3/28) we'll do our first check, then again on Tuesday (4/1) and finally on Thursday (4/3). That means we still have Friday to finish our final conclusion paragraph and still finish on time! We modified the rubric for writing the final draft to reflect this extra effort at staying on schedule. It's a cinch by the inch....!