VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE (VIP)
IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
An Electronic Pen Pal Project
|General: Fifth grade students from two
different classrooms, who have developed an electronic pen pal
relationship, will choose a famous person in United States History and
create a multimedia presentation.
Rationale: Students in my 5th grade class often feel alienated from United States History. By identifying how people have changed history, and the character traits of these leaders, I am hopeful that they will feel they too can make an impact.
Core Understanding: Students are told they are now members of the Committee for the Development of Leaders in America and have been assigned the task of analyzing personality traits of historical figures.
1. Who the important people are in US history and how did they influence the course of US history.
2. Analyze the personality traits that caused key people in US history to influence the course of history.
3. Be able to recognize these personality traits in themselves so they can predict how they might make a positive impact on the future of this country.
4. How to collaborate with another on a project.
5. Understand that technology makes it possible to present the same information in many different ways.
1. Students will be able to identify important people in US history.
2. Students will be able to identify personality traits of leaders influence US history. They will be able to recognize these personality traits in themselves, so they can predict how they might make a positive impact on the future of this country.
3. Students will be able to collaborate with another student using the internet and electronic pen pal medium.
4. Students will be able to use multiple technology applications to create their presentation.
5. Students will be able to present orally their final project addressing specific questions.
How did the key people in US history influence the outcome of our history and what traits did they possess? What traits do you have that might make a positive impact on the future of this country?
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