VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE (VIP)
 IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
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An Electronic Pen Pal Project
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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.


Learning Objectives:
 
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.


Essential Question:

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?


Timeline:

                 Date         

Activities
September
Students learn how to get around web site, how to email pen pal, electronic journal
October
Students introduced to the project and do the first two activities
Nov./Dec.
Students learn research skills and complete research
January
Students begin producing multimedia project
February 1
Students conference with teacher on the progress/problems of  the project
Feb. 22
Multimedia projects due.  This is a firm date.
Feb. 22 - Mar. 3
Students present their multimedia projects
March 8
 Winners announced and awards given
Mar. 8 - 22
Teacher and technology gurus put multimedia presentations on the web site
April 1
Final project entered into Northern California Multimedia Fair.



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