GROUP PROJECTS

We need all these components (left column) in any project. The right column has examples of what those components can be.

Research
Web Search, text-based, audio-based, video-based, interaction-based with peers, local community centers/monuments/historical societies/libraries/etc, field trips, & interviews
Presentation
Vimeo, SlideShare, GooglePresentations (not public), Keynote (not public unless posted), Live presentations by all for all work. Include Compliments & Reflection as well as MLA formatting & citation.
Collaboration
Partners or 3 - 4 person groups. Rotating through whole class. Though constant free choice, you must work with everyone. Sometimes have a free choice group with anyone.
Student Interest
Themselves, Sharing, Movies, Music, Books (Audio), Sports, History, Family History, Personal Experience, etc. Take a Survey.
Reflection
Surveys, Collaboration, Feedback, IronChef Feedback-Response Presentations, Application of Reflection in Future work/teaching

Some Ideas:

RESEARCH PROJECTS








Time Machine


Day 1 - STEPS 1- 4
Step 1:
Form a Group or do it solo

Step 2: Pick a Time Period & Place (London 1820s, Atlanta, GA 1850s during the Civil War, 1970s Communist China, 1940s Nazi Germany, Woodstock 1969, etc).

Step 3: Research the Setting/Time: 3 websites per person, 3 quotes per person, & 3 analyses per person (1-3 sentences on what the quote is saying and why it is important). SHARE.

Step 4: Write a Setting - Google Doc, Alternate Lines, Title the document: Time Machine Project and title this section: Setting. Write 1/2 a page. SHARE.

Day 2 - Step 5
Step 5: Design a Character using Characterization Model for the Time & Place. Make a Characterization section for each character (1 per student) based off the Characterization Model in English Resources - 1 for each character. MAKE AS DETAILED AS POSSIBLE. 2 - 3 entries per section.

Day 3 - Step 6
Step 6: Pick a specific Setting & an Action for the group of characters: Eating, Fighting, Working, Socializing, Shopping, Celebrating, etc. RESEARCH THEM: 3 quotes for each student. Create a GOOGLEDOC called Setting & Action. Share with me.

Day 4 - Step 7
Step 7: Create a Dialogue 2 - 3 pages in the Time Machine Project Google Doc long that uses the context, research and imagination to meld the history research with your characterizations. Each creator write for your characters’ voice & stay true to character.

Day 5 - Step 8
Step 8: Act it out & film, or create a KeynoteComicbook, or a longer format story (9 - 12 pages). Post to Vimeo or Slideshare. Share the link with me to turn it in. Share link of Google Doc when finished.




Family History

Day 1 - Steps 1 - 4
Step 1: Form a Group or do it solo

Step 2: Family History Setting (FamilySearch.com, etc) that’s in common? or favorite? Work out as a group.

Step 3: Research the Setting/Time: 3 websites per person, 3 quotes per person, & 3 analyses per person (1-3 sentences on what the quote is saying and why it is important). SHARE.

Step 4: Write a Setting - Google Doc, Alternate Lines, Title the document: Time Machine Project and title this section: Setting. Write 1/2 a page. SHARE.

Day 2 - Step 5
Step 5: Design a Character using Characterization Model for the Time & Place. 1 for each character per student using the Characterization Model from English Resources.
MAKE AS DETAILED AS POSSIBLE. 2 - 3 entries per section.

Day 3 - Step 6
Step 6: Pick a specific setting in your setting & an Action for the group of characters: Eating, Fighting, Working, Socializing, Shopping, Celebrating, etc. RESEARCH THEM: 3 quotes for each student. Create a GOOGLEDOC called Setting & Action. Share with me.

Day 4 - Step 7
Step 7: Create a Dialogue 2 - 3 pages in the Time Machine Project Google Doc long that uses the context, research and imagination to meld the history research with your characterizations. Each creator write for your characters’ voice & stay true to character.

Day 5 - Step 8
Step 8: Act it out & film, or create a KeynoteComicbook, or a longer format story (9 - 12 pages). Post to Vimeo or Slideshare. Share the link with me to turn it in. OR: flesh it out into a long format scene 4 - 5 pages long. Share link of Google Doc when finished.






Historical Reenactment

Day 1 - Steps 1 - 3
Step 1: Pick a Group of 3 - 4

Step 2: Pick an Event in Time (The Normandy Landing of WWII, Landing on the Moon, Gettysburg Address, etc.).

Step 3: Research the Setting/Time: 3 websites per person, 3 quotes per person, & 3 analyses per person (1-3 sentences on what the quote is saying and why it is important). SHARE.

Day 2 - Step 4
Step 4: Write the story of the event- Google Doc, 1. Write a SWBST Summary 2. Write the full story (2 - 3 pages), Alternate Lines, Title the document: Historical Reenactment Project
Story. SHARE.

Day 3 - Step 5
Step 5: Design Characters for the filming of the event. 1. Characterize (using our model) 1 character per student with 2 - 3 descriptions per section (Lives, Says, etc). Using the story write a script, alternating lines from each character (written by their creators). Write 2 - 3 pages in a Google Doc. SHARE.

You do not have to alternate religiously if it feels unnatural. Everyone needs to feel like everyone did their fair share at the same time though; be aware & encourage each other to participate & do their part.

Day 4 - Step 6
Step 6: Film, act out (while being filmed in class), create a KeynoteComicbook or create a radioshow/podcast for your script. Post to Vimeo or Act out in Class

Day 5 - Step 7
Step 7: Essay Reflection - 1 page reflection on what you learned, why you learned it, what you enjoyed, and what your group members did that was excellent.









Nature Research Project

Step 1: Pick a Group of 3 - 4

Step 2: Pick an endangered animal (tigers), geographic location (Venice), or aspect of nature to research (Arctic Ice).

Step 3: Research & Create Keynote/Google Presentation

Presentation Objectives/Requirements/Questions-To-Be-Answered

  • Why do you want to research this animal/place/phenomena?
  • Why is this animal/place/phenomena endangered?
  • Why is this animal/place/phenomena important?
  • What can be done to help/save this animal/place/phenomena?
  • Include a Works Cited
  • Use PICTURES, think Lessig method!
  • Be as minimalistic as possible
  • Understand your material well enough to be funny & present without reading off slides


Here are two links to lists of endangered species & places:
https://worldwildlife.org/species/directory?direction=desc&sort=extinction_status
http://www.forbes.com/2008/09/15/travel-endangered-ecosystems-forbeslife-cx_rr_0915travel_slide.html





Community Outreach/Service

Day 1 - Steps 1 - 3
Step 1: Pick a Group of 3 - 4
Step 2: Find a need in our community & come up with an idea for how to fill that need in a service oriented/nonprofit way.
Step 3: Research what others have done to help or hurt the situation: 5 websites per person, 5 quotes per person, & 5 analyses per person (1-3 sentences on what the quote is saying and why it is important). SHARE.



Day 2 - Step 4
Step 4: Write an outline of your research - have as many aspects to research as group members- use the 5 quotes & analyses. Collect pictures to support your evidence. Use Google Doc. SHARE.



Day 3 - Step 5
Step 5: Finish your research essay complete with Works Cited, introduction, conclusion, InText Citations, & completely correct spelling and grammar. Google Doc. SHARE.

Day 4 - Step 6

Assign paragraphs & sections to each other. Discuss it verbally beforehand, make a plan and all agree to it.

Step 6: Create Keynote Presentation. Post to Slideshare. Share.

Presentation Format:

Slide 1: Title Slide
Slide 2: Introduction with picture
Slide 3 - 7: 5 quotes with analyses & picture(s) from Student 1
Slide 8 - 12: 5 quotes with analyses & picture(s) from Student 2
Slide 13 - 17: 5 quotes with analyses & picture(s) from Student 3
Slide 18: Conclusion
Slide 19: Reflection/Compliments
Slide 20: Works Cited


Day 5 - Step 7

Step 7: Essay Reflection - 1 page reflection on what you learned, why you learned it, what you enjoyed, and what your group members did that was excellent.




Create a Business

Step 1: Pick a Group of 3 - 4

Step 2: Find a need in our community & come up with an idea for how to fill that need in a way that generates a profit. Write what your business will be, a prediction about what will be hard, what will be easy, & exactly how you predict you will run your business. Write 1 - 2 pages as a group in GOOGLE DOC. SHARE.

Step 3: Research the size of the need ($-wise), the audience, the competition & the possible costs of starting it up & running it, minimum # of customers a month per year to break even: 4 websites per person, 6 quotes per person, & 6 analyses per person (1-3 sentences on what the quote is saying and why it is important). SHARE.


Step 4: Create presentation/pitch for your business:

Presentation Requirements (in order):


  • Title Slide
  • Introduction to what your business is
  • Focus on What the Need is in your area & current services
  • Focus on What your Business will be different
  • How it will work
  • Focus on what will difficult or easy & why
  • Conclusion
  • Reflection/Compliments
  • Works Cited
There is no minimum or maximum requirement of slides. Just focus on using 1 picture per slide & minimal words.


Step 5: Present your Pitch. Film. Upload to Vimeo.

Step 6: Essay Reflection - 1 page reflection on what you learned, why you learned it, what you enjoyed, and what your group members did that was excellent.
Step 7: Further? Make It Real!!You can try and start your business now!