This is an example of how I would structure project-based learning in my classroom and provide day-to-day updates for students who were not able to be in class. This particular project in focus involves The Giver by Lois Lowry as an end-of-unit wrap-up.
Day One: Monday, 11/20/17
Today we began discussing the requirements for our final unit projects on The Giver by Lois Lowry. We discussed previous projects other students had completed for this assignment and what was expected of you for this assignment.
If you did not sign up for a project topic during class, I have posted the form below. Whichever topic you choose, you must stick it out or discuss changing with me at least one week before they are due (11/29/17).
Signing up for a topic is part of your participation grade and will be due by tomorrow at noon (11/21/17) in order for you to work on it during Thanksgiving Break!
Day Two: Tuesday, 11/21/17
Today, we used class time to research the chosen topics further, including pictures, infographics, and textual evidence depending on the topic each student had chosen! *Students: remember that pictures are lovely for digital presentations, but they must be related to your topic! If you are not sure if a picture and point are relevant, feel free to ask me before you use them together.
Day Three - Seven: (11/22-26) Over Thanksgiving Break
Over Thanksgiving Break:
Begin adding research information (pictures/quotes/charts) to presentation (PWPT, Prezi, Google Slides)
Develop a brief digital handout for your classmates--this can be a tweaked version of the outline you give me.
Determine what you are going to say about that information -- create an outline & write a "script" (For help with this outline, see attachment--you will be showing me the outline prior to your presentation (11/27-28) if you need additional assistance.
Today we used class time to work on putting the finishing touches on our presentations, and we had a large group Q&A session to address any concerns about the presentations, grading information, or other requirements.
Outline & Handout student-teacher conferences will be held tomorrow and students will have time in class revise those documents.
Day Nine: Tuesday, 11/28/17
Today we had peer-edit and practice sessions while I conferenced with students about their outlines and handouts.
We also worked together to finish up and fine-tune presentations prior to giving them tomorrow.
Anything students were not able to complete in class should be completed prior to delivery tomorrow! Hang in there, we're almost finished! :)
Double-check your project alongside the checklist I gave you on Day One to make sure you did not miss any requirements!