Student Projects

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Milestones

This project is for practicing PASSIVE VOICE. Students note key moments or achievements across history within a chosen field and discuss why they are important.

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Looking Ahead

This project is for practicing FUTURE INFINITIVES (verb patterns). Students write down hopes, intentions, expectations, and more for the next month, year, and couple decades.

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The Inside Scoop

This project is for practicing PAST PERFECT. Interview someone who took part in or witnessed an interesting event, then write an article about it. Some of the details filled in should be in the Past Perfect form.

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Memes

A popular way of expression on the internet is through memes. Depending on their age and access to the internet, your students probably see memes quite frequently. Why not take the opportunity to use them to practice English?

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Offbeat Colors

Students should know the standard colors pretty well, but do they know colors like chartreuse, fuchsia, mauve, or periwinkle? This project is an opportunity to describe what’s new to them using elements that are more familiar.

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Treasure Hunts

Students will write notes to help their classmates find ‘treasures’ hidden around the school. Different types of notes will require students to call upon different grammar or vocabulary skills.

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WebQuest: Gestures

We often communicate through body language. Gestures might convey certain emotions, be important in certain situations, use different body parts, and be universal or not. Let’s see what gestures we can identify.

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Story Prompts: What If?

Whether you’re doing a brief writing exercise or getting started on a full project on stories, sometimes your students’ minds need to be primed to get those creative juices flowing. Here are some what-if questions to explore.

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WebQuest: Uncommon Hobbies

Think of a hobby that’s pretty uncommon, at least where you live. Then do a webquest to find out what exactly the hobby is, what it’s special, who does it and more. Is it something you’d like to try?

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Poetry Prompt: Pentina

A pentina is a poem in which the same five words are repeated (each stanza) at the end of the line. Crafting such a poem means using the same words in different ways, so this is a good way to practice using words with multiple meanings or words that can be different parts of speech.

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Character Journey

Students can create characters that they’ll use throughout the year. Each month, the character progresses a little closer to their goal, but in the meantime, they can be used to answer questions and for other activities. The possibilities are wide open.

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Show, Don’t Tell

A common adage among writers is “show, don’t tell”.  Writing in this way prompts students to think of different ways to express the same thing.  Students will have to use expressions and imagery – like native speakers do in most situations – instead of being straightforward.

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WebQuest: Color Significance

Colors are often used to represent various concepts and to evoke certain moods. In design, colors are chosen carefully. In this WebQuest, each student will chose one color and research what it tends to signify, find examples of its usage, and craft their own assessments.

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Essay Prompts: This vs. That

Make your students form an argument as to why something is better than the alternative.  As essay-writing practice, here are twenty topics.  Students should choose which of a pair to support, and their arguments could be subjective, objective, or both.

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Class Newspaper

Writing for a school newspaper on a monthly basis can encourage students to write about things they’re interested in, can foster collaboration, and can help students practice writing in different styles.

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