This Common Core aligned project is appropriate for middle school students in grades 6-8. It takes approximately 3 weeks to complete, and most class time should be devoted to some aspect of the project. The standards are spiraled throughout the project; the goal of the project is to motivate students to master Writing, Speaking/Listening, and Reading Informational Text standards through a project-based learning experience that is driven by student choice and passion.
The unit begins with the question, “what are you willing to stand up for?” With this driving question, students explore social issues and charities they are passionate about. Embedding student choice enhances learning outcomes astronomically.
This highly integrated 3-week project not only invests students, but it also gives them an authentic learning experience that seamlessly covers myriad CCSS standards.
At the end of the project, students turn in/complete:
1. Written Component: Persuasive paper in which they argue why their social issue is the most important in the world & why their charity best solves the social issue.
2. PPT Presentation & In-Class Presentation: Students give a 2-3 minute speech to their class in the UN Summit on Social Issues. Their speech has the same argumentative aim as the paper. Students learn to create and use note cards for a speech & how to successfully integrate visual and multimedia aids into their projects.
The project includes 41 documents that are sorted into folders with over 200 pages of lessons and classroom materials.
The 13-Page Project Overview for Teachers includes an easy to read day-by-day plan for all 3 Weeks of the Unit. The guide includes a table showing every document in the bundle. Every document is described in detail & implementation strategies are explained.
• Ready to Print & Implement PBL Project for Grades 7, 8, 9
• EVERY DOCUMENT you need & more are provided, grouped, organized in folders, and ready to print!
• 41 documents & over 200 pages of lessons and class materials!
Documents Included (listed below by folder):
o 1) Charity Presentation Template (PPT)
o 2) UN Summit on Social Issues Charity Paper Exemplar (Word)
o 3) UN Summit on Social Issues Charity Paper Exemplar (PDF)
o 4) Exemplar Presentation UN Summit on Social Issues
• Key Documents
o 1) Charity Brown Bag Instructions (PDF)
o 2) Charity Brown Bag Instructions (Word)
o 3) Free Rice Tracker Template (Word)
o 4) Free Rice Tracker Template (PDF)
o 5) Medal of Honor (PDF)
o 6) Medal of Honor Template (Word)
o 7) UN Summit on Social Issues Currency Template (Word)
o 8) UN Summit on Social Issues Currency (PDF)
o 9) UN Summit on Social Issues Poster (PDF)
o 10) UN Summit on Social Issues Poster (Word)
• Organization for Teachers
o 1) Charity Schedule Template (Excel)
o 2) UN Summit on Social Issues Project Overview for Teachers (Word)
o 3) UN Summit on Social Issues Project Overview for Teachers (PDF)
• Project Overview & Social Issue + Charity Brainstorm
o 1) Social Issue + Charity Brainstorming (Word)
o 2) Social Issues + Charity Brainstorming Student Copy (PDF)
o 3) Social Issues + Charity Brainstorming Teacher Copy (PDF)
o 4) UN Summit Project Overview and Project Directions (PDF)
o 5) UN Summit Project Overview and Project Directions (Word)
o 1) Charity Speech Project Rubric (PDF)
o 2) Charity Speech Project Rubric (Word)
o 1) Using Notecards for a Speech Directions (PDF)
o 2) Using Notecards for a Speech (PDF)
• Written Component
o 1) Checklist for Revising Written Component (PDF)
o 2) Checklist for Revising Written Component (Word)
o 3) Research Notes for Social Issue and Charity (PDF)
o 4) Research Notes for Social Issue and Charity (Word)
o 5) Written Component Outline (PDF)
o 6) Written Component Outline (Word)
HOW IT WORKS:
This is a three-week unit designed for mostly in-class learning. It has been used previously in 7th Grade ELA classrooms and has been revised to be an even better resource in your classroom.
Use the 13-Page Teaching/Implementation Guide to get started. The teaching guide includes a quick reference table with all folders & documents. It also has a daily breakdown of three-week project in easy-to-read bullet points. The documents for each day of the unit are noted in the teaching guide. Key teaching points for each day are explained, lesson time is included, and homework/ action items for students are noted.
All documents in the bundle are included as Word Files that you can edit to meet the needs of your classroom and as PDFs that are ready to print and copy.
• Reading Informational Text:
o RI.7.1: Cite several pieces of textual analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
o RI.7.2: Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
o RI.7.6: Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text & analyze how the author distinguishes his/her position from that of others.
o RI.7.9: Analyze how two or more authors writing about the same topic shape their presentations of key information by emphasizing different evidence or advancing different interpretation of facts.
• Reading: Vocabulary
o RI.7.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
• Writing: Conventions
o L.7.1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
o L.7.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
o L.7.3: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
• Writing: Written Expression
o W.7.1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
o W.7.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
o W.7.3: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.
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