Lesson 5: Project Framework and Research Skills

  • Project Overview:

    The project will be broken into the following Components
    • Lesson 6:  Research and Essay
      • Students will be assigned groups.
      • Each group will be assigned a topic
      • Students will research assigned resources including webpages, textbooks, and pdf files. (May be done in pairs) [See Collaboration Rubric]
        • Students will answer content questions related to the assigned resources
        • Students will answer guiding questions to help them identify and define a possible turning point in their topic area.
        • Notes/Questions Exemplar
      • Students will use the answers to the content and guiding question to Write an Essay.
        • In the essay the students will identify a possible turning point, describe what life/things were like both before and after the turning point, and state their conclusion.
        • Essays will follow the Essay Rubric.
        • Essays will include a Citations page
        • Essays will be submitted electronically
        • Essay Exemplar
    • Lesson 7:  iMovie Project
      • Each group will create an iMovie Project according to the Project Rubric
      • The group members will select an Essay/Thesis to base their project on
        • It may be an Essay/Thesis from the group, or a combination of multiple
      • Each group member will take on a specific role for the project
      • The Project will be based on an iMovie Movie Trailer template
      • The group will choose a Movie Trailer Template that best supports the thesis.
      • The group will fill out a Movie Trailer Storyboard that...
        • Converts their thesis/essay into a narrative format that fits their chosen template
        • Identifies the types of photos/video clips/artifacts needed to support/demonstrate each part of the narrative
      • The group members will perform their roles and create the movie
      • The trailer will be finalized, and a citations page and group photo will be added
      • The finished projects will be published.
      • Movie Project Exemplar
    • Lesson 8:  Celebration of Success- Student Presentations
      • Each group will present their presentations
        • The group spokesperson will introduce their topic 
        • The group will present their project
        • The group will "fill in the gaps" from their essays
        • The audience will highlight what they saw/liked in the project and ask questions of the group.