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A great resource for your unit on Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. Small groups conduct research about related topics (list included), write papers, present PowerPoint slide shows, and take a student-created test. Fill in a few gaps to support writing and presentation skills if you have grade-level writers. Project will take several weeks with library research, computer lab time to write and create slide shows, and to give presenters class time to practice.
“Hanging chads.” While these two words may be infamous to most of us, few middle schoolers understand their importance to the presidential election of 2000. As an exercise in drawing inferences, class members examine a Mini Page article about the changes made in political policies and election laws prior to the 2004 election. They make inferences and then check the validity of their assumptions by conducting research. Directions for the activity, links to required resources, assessments, and modifications are included in the detailed packet.
As far back as your scholars can remember, their country has been at war. Be sure they understand the various implications of this global conflict by presenting personal stories of veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI) on the front lines. They watch video clips about TBI, filling out a viewing guide as they go. There are great informational handouts to educate military families about this under-diagnosed condition, possibly with the goal of creating an outreach. Check out the extension ideas for further research plans. It's best to find this lesson on the PBS website by entering "POV TBI" into the search engine, as the viewing guide and videos are actually linked there.
Groups of high school learners conduct research on a particular era of African-American history, focusing on events, people, and places important to that era. Next, they review children's literature in four different genres. As a culminating activity, group members combine what they have learned in their research and readings to create their own piece of children's literature based on African-American history.
Explore the history of the American novel in the contexts of literature and US history. How does a novel or piece of writing from a particular time showcase the mood during that historical period? After conducting research and discussing social themes and writing styles, high school writers craft an original piece in the style of an American writer.
Are the studies of art and archeology connected? You bet they are! Young scholars research the ancient temples of Mexico by visiting an archaeology site. They describe the various temples they see, taking note of shapes, stairs, details, and ornamentation. They analyze an artifact called Serpent Heads and use it as inspiration for a collaborative project. They make and decorate temples, just like the temples in Mexico!
Having a strong searching skill set can make a research project much easier and much for successful for pupils. Tackle finding evidence with the ideas included here. The ultimate goal is for class members to learn the stepping stones method, which will help them discover new information and probe more deeply into their research topic. The resource is quite detailed and includes articles and sources to print as well as a presentation and a graphic organizer.
Students read the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. They then conduct research on British and American literature from 1800 to the present and select a book that they believe is important and should survive in the event that all books and literary resources are destroyed. They memorize and recite a portion of the work they have selected and justify their book's importance to humanity based on the research they have conducted.
Students identify and describe traits that represent Hispanic cultures, research and analyze traditions and culture of Hispanic Americans, read observations Hispanics make about their identity, conduct research on issues of identity and heritage, formulate interview questions based on reading materials, summarize contributions of Hispanic Americans, and write biography about accomplished American that includes information on heritage and identity.
Tenth graders investigate how to conduct research without writing a research paper. In this research lesson, 10th graders work in groups to research one topic. Students break down their topic into smaller subjects and each member chooses a creative way to present their findings through an oral presentation or visual aids.
Get those kids brainstorming about the types of jobs or careers they'd love to have. Then have them dive into a career-focused research project. Pupils take an interest survey, discuss career clusters, then work through the provided worksheets to start researching a potential career. Additionally, they write a paper describing that career, why they want to pursue it, and what they need to do to reach their goals.
Teaching learners how to evaluate a research source is an important part of the research process. The fresh idea here is that groups first develop a list of reasons why resources should be evaluated, transform these reasons into criteria, use the criteria to develop a rubric, and then test their rubric against two resources (one reliable, one not). Although designed for teacher candidates, the process outlined would work equally well for the secondary classroom.