jhgjhgTake your students through this project to have
them learn about early US explorers. Teaching the students the
technology is not included in the following timeline. You will
need to train your students on how to use the software before
you start the project. The project was designed with Macromedia
Dreamweaver in mind, but it could easily be used with PowerPoint,
Netscape Composer, or even Geocities. You will need to make a
template on your own computer to use with the project. Click on
the Sample Project link to see what the project can look like.
Here's a timeline of activities to create this project.
Day 1: Brainstorm
Have students come up with explorers (text, internet, own knowledge)
KW on explorers
Day 2: Survey & Choose Explorer
Teacher created survey 1/3 about explorers and what they want
to know, 1/3 about technology and what they want to know and what
they want to learn, and 1/3 about what they like doing in groups.
Have students choose which explorer they want to work on. My students will be choosing from John Cabot, Hernan Cortez, Jacques Cartier, Henry Hudson, Francisco Coronado, Robert de La Salle, and Juan Ponce de Leon.
HW -Take survey home for parents
Day 3: Collaboration
Students will get put into groups
Group contract, roles, responsibilities defined
Jobs assigned and put into writing for teacher
HW - Students will be bringing in information from any sources
on their explorer.
Day 4: Assessment & What info do we need?
Give examples of rubrics
Break students into their groups and give them a rubric category.
They will have to come up the criteria for that category. Take
their ideas and put it into a rubric.
When groups are finished they need to create a list of what information
they need and where do they think they are going to find the info,
Day 5: Edit Rubric and use with sample project
Show student first draft of rubric. Make any changes they feel
necessary, (with your veto power).
Have them use the rubric to grade your sample project. (Work in
groups of two)
Meet back and review what this person could do with the information
and make any final edits to rubric.
Day 6: First day of Research Gathering
Students will be introduced to information that is available to
Students will begin gathering information. Teacher should review
how to take notes and may need to spend a day on what types of
information should be their focus.
Day 7- Day 11: Research Gathering + Writing Rough Draft
Students will be gathering information in their groups with individual
jobs that were decided on in Day 3.
When they finish they can write a rough draft of their assignment.
They need to find someone to edit their work.
They can begin putting it into word on the computer.
Day 12: Class Edit
Students will edit other rough drafts and make three good comments and three helpful comments. Students will use rubric to edit with so they can see what they need to do to get a better grade!
HW – Students will take home and rewrite rough draft with the edits. Students
will have one week to get it on a computer in Word
Day 13: Regrouping
Groups are introduced to the storyboarding concept for their website.
They will need to come up with ideas about how they want to design
their storyboard. They need to assign new jobs that relate to
the final project.
Day 14-18: Storyboarding
Group members design storyboards – one for website + one
Day 19 – Day 20: Storyboarding Share Out
Groups share their storyboards and roughdrafts with the class.
The class will have an opportunity for constructive criticism and
positives. (Warm and cool)
Day 21: Storyboard Editing
Day 22 – Day 28 Transition from Storyboard to Website
One to two group members have been trained in the website software
Dreamweaver and are familiar with the template. They will begin
inputting the ideas from the storyboard into the template.
One to two group members will trained on iMovie and will be creating
the story for their video.
Day 22 – Day 25: Video Shooting
Groups have scheduled times to use video equipment.
Day 26 – Day 27: Subgroup Reunited
The subgroups of the website and the video come together and present
what they have completed. They talk about final edits and they
incorporate the video into the final website.
Day 28: Group Assessment
Group completes self-evaluation
Day 29: Presentations
Groups share out with class. Class evaluated projects and teacher
evaluates project. Class shares positives with group and light
Day 30: Assessment Review
Group conferences with teacher and receives all evaluations
Day 31: Project Assessment
Class reviews project guideline, criteria, timeline, etc. and
reviews positives and negatives of project. Finish KWL
Project created by Victoria Calderhead
at EWYL, 2004