It’s one week into my ZIP project and I am loving the topic I chose! As soon as I started my research it was like reading a really good book; once I started I couldn’t stop! I have found some really great resources and learned a lot already!
For my ZIP project, I am researching the question “in what way do children learn to use and arrange language?” so I am researching about syntax in children. I have finished my rubric, and to start off my research I collected a book from Mr. Morris, and got some websites from my mom that I could use. I started with looking at the websites, and they were a great source of information! I learned all about Brown’s Stages of Syntax, which are basically what parts of language children learn at which age. I am simplifying the information I come across as I get it, which I find easier than putting into simpler terms at the end. I also created a glossary at the beginning of my notes, for any words I found a little confusing at first glance. Another source that I found for my research is a language journal that my mom kept with samples of my and my brothers’ language from the first two or three years of our lives. I will use these language samples to identify what Brown’s stages we were at in which points in our lives. I will also take sentences that we said and identify how many morphemes are in each sentence.
I believe that my research is going pretty close to the rate it should be going at, although my project hasn’t been done in the exact same order I said it would be completed in. Instead of doing research and my rubric simultaneously, I completed my rubric first, and then started my research. I think that’s working better for me because I can really focus on the thing I’m working on instead of working on two things at once. There have also been a couple days that I haven’t been able to work on my ZIP project at all, like this Saturday for example, when I was at an all day Saturday rehearsal for musical theater, and then had a Christmas party to go to, so I was out from 9:00am-9:00pm. However, I am doing my best to make up for those days, and do extra on the days when I have time for ZIP. I don’t think I need to make any changes to my schedule, but I think I have to continue to be flexible and okay with changing my schedule as I go.
So far, I think my ZIP project has gone very successfully, and I am looking forward to doing more research on the topic I chose!