Student Projects

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Batteries Not Included

Students are prompted with a few disclaimers, then work backward to create a product for which all of those disclaimers would apply.  Students get to be creative and silly as they learn to both understand and explain the meaning and need of various disclaimers and product features.

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Let Me Introduce Myself

Students formulate an introduction for a character that makes quite the first impression, whether that character comes from fiction, pop culture, history, or the students’ own imaginations.

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Unlikely Hero

Students create a character with two very different jobs, one in a mild-mannered profession, and another as an action hero. How do they use their skills, tools, and knowledge of the former to help them as the latter?

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Deconstructing a Video Essay

Writing essays isn’t always fun, but with many learners (especially kids and teenagers) watching lots of YouTube videos these days, chances are they watch plenty of video essays. For this project, they’ll deconstruct a few to see how essays can be done in a more interesting way.

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Clouds and Constellations

Different people can look up at the clouds or at the stars and see different things from the person standing next to them. In this project, students will have to defend what shapes they see by identifying its features.

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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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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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November: the Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month, but your students don’t have to write a whole novel all by themselves. Instead, have students write just a chapter or two. Put them all together for a class-written novel!

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Storyboarding

Students create an outline of a story they know well. But instead of just words accompanied by bullet points, they’ll have more of a visual component to it and show the flow of progression.

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Put On a Play

Students can learn a lot by putting on a play – not just reciting lines, but making a big production of it, involved in plenty of different aspects of the show.

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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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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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Design a Town

Students create their own towns!  They need to consider where the town is, what it’s known for, how big the town is, and more.  They’ll need to figure out how many of each type of building to include.  Students reason with their group-mates and come to decisions.

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