How do world cultures interrelate and correlate to the world of the past and present? In Cultures Across the World, Social Studies e-Portfolios, students will investigate the answer to this essential question throughout 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. In daily reflections, students will begin pre-production on individual storyboards in which they will organize and synthesize the social studies curriculum. At the conclusion of each unit, students will collaborate in cooperative learning groups to evaluate the individual storyboards and to design a group storyboard. Each student will then create a Hyperstudio stack/PowerPoint slide show. Included in this stack/presentation will be a conclusion card, where students will connect the history with the world of today. Students will write across the curriculum as they develop their e-portfolios. The e-portfolio will expand with each unit and will provide the students with a valuable resource to assist in understanding, internalizing, and revisiting the social studies content.

Cultures Across the World, which highlights the essential elements of project based learning (pbl), is a multimodal activity that encourages students to create meaning from the material and engage in their own learning. Students will organize social studies content using the World Cultures Model a lens. This model is a framework for evaluating different cultures in synonmous terms- such as social structure, political structure, aesthetics/recreation, beliefs/religion, economics/technology, communication, history, and geography. In addition, students will demonstrate higher order thinking skills (analysis, synthesis, and evaluation) as they interpret social studies content. Ultimately, students will better understand the world they live in today by studying the histories of past cultures.