As students are ready to explore Ancient India, why not let them engage in a topic that interests them? This project models the Genius Hour format, but encompasses a curriculum focus of Ancient India. Document could be edited to any culture really.
This document will include links to Google docs that are ready to go and share with your students. Students may work individually or in groups. Decide what is best for your class.
Documents includes links to the following:
A description of the assignment
Project Proposal: The planning process and idea starter; Must be approved by teacher
Research Paper: A written response based on the student’s formulated historical question
Product: A creation that will reflect what the student learned about their particular topic and help answer the student formulated historical question.
Presentation: An opportunity to share what they learned about their topic and their product with others.
Daily journal entries: Updates on progress
Grading Rubrics for all parts of the project
What is Genius Hour?
Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school. The purpose of learning is student-centered. Students connect with teachers to plan, peers to produce, and experts and community members to establish a sense of purpose for their work. Gathering information, researching, and creating are core parts of Genius Hour.
Genius Hour Origin
The search-engine giant, Google, allows it’s engineers to spend 20% of their time to work on any pet project that they want. The idea is very simple. Allow people to work on something that interests them, and productivity will go up. Google’s policy has worked so well that it has been said that 50% of Google’s projects have been created during this creative time period. Ever heard of Gmail or Google News? These projects are creations by passionate developers that blossomed from their their 20-time projects.
Can I explain how India became the way it is today?
How did people construct monuments, homes, cities, and other structures in Ancient India?
What was India’s Golden Age and how was it started?
Can I teach others about the Maurya Empire?
Why was Asoka so successful as a leader?
What made the Aryan kingdoms so separate and so hard to fight in battles and wars?
Can I re-create the Taj Mahal and learn about its structure?
How did life inside the caste system function?
Can we teach others about the Ancient Indian health practices?
Who were the Buddhist and Hindu leaders and why were they important?