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Project Plan of "Assumed Colonial Identities" by Rob Curry
|Name of Project: Assumed Colonial Identities - 21st Century Students Take the Identiiity of an 18th Century Virginia Colonist|
|Unit Author: Rob Curry 5th Grade teacher, Vinci Park School, San Jose, CA.|
Rationale: Students will develop a greater empathy for the ways of life and the role of social class in the Colonial era and compare that with their own lives today.
Enduring Understanding: Students will better understand the connection between the past and the present and relate it to their own attitudes and actions, applied here to making choices between loyalty to the established authority or the cause of liberty from tyranny.
Major Goal(s) and Associated Standards.
· Students will better appreciate the issues
of liberty or loyalty facing people of the British colonies in America.
OBJECTIVES: The students will understand the political,
religious, social, and economic institutions that evolved in
1. The students will Understand how the British
colonial period created the basis for the development of political
2.The students will understand the influence of location
and physical setting on the founding of the
RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY OBJECTIVES:
ISTE National Technology Standards
1. Basic operations and concepts
ADDITIONAL RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY OBJECTIVES
Written Summative Composition
Additional Project Elements:
Technology will be integrated throughout this project. Students
will obtain much of their resources from the Internet including those which
are woven into or linked from the project web site. Students will
develop presentations using Power Point which will be displayed, some on
the Internet. The students will post their product and self-assessment
on their e-portfolios.
|Target Population and Number of Participants
This project will be done with about 30 5th grade students.
This is an extended project, running from February through the end of the school year in June.
August/January: Students will be given some background
information through the activities in the Social Studies book/program.
Further background knowledge will be attained through viewing of videos
and activities from Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and in viewing the
PBS video, Africans in America, and doing many of the lesson
plans developed for the program. Also, during the Back-to-School
night, I will explain the project to the student families and show a sample
Students will either further develop the non-fiction presentation story of their character and then create an embellished historical fiction narrative for the character based on the historical record (primary sources). They will finish the story board by mid February. Following that, they will create and revise (as needed) the Power Point Presentation.
The finished Power Point Presentations will be done with an
oral report to the students and perhaps to the larger school community.
Students will also upload the product to their e-Portfolios and they will
each write a composition on what they learned by doing this project.
This project requires students to work on a collaborative team of
Accessibility for All Learners
Lessons will include a variety of modalities to address the needs of all students. Images and drawings will include visual information. Journals will include written notes as students work through this project. Music and the recorded narration of actual former slaves will address the needs of verbal learners. Power Point Presentations will incorporate many learning elements. Participation in a Colonial Fair will include drama, music, costume making and cooking Colonial food.
The project can easily be adapted to meet special needs students.
For English Language Learners in our school community, I have provided some tools to help bridge the language gap between school and student families. The main project page has links translating the project into Spanish and Chinese and it has online dictionaries for English-Vietnamese and English-Tagolog.
In order to get 4 classroom computers with the needed software (Microsoft Office 2000 or XP), MovieWorks and Adobe Flash, the budget needed would be $6,000.
· Proposed method of getting funding for
this project (if needed) I will look into funding sources, such as Smart
Valley, district funding, grants, etc. If no funds are available. I will
do the project in a modified form, using the 25 minute lab time the students
have every other week or the limited number of antique classroom computers.
Now starting his fifth year as a fifth grade teacher
at Vinci Park and his 22nd anniversary as a teacher, Rob Curry works hard
to cover all the required state standards in as exciting ways as possible.
He is known for all the field trips his class goes on, all of which are
directly related to the curriculum. Likewise, he uses the internet and
video extensively to help students do research and present their work.
Students will use the directions contained on the project web site.