Students will choose a research topic off of the provided list, and then complete many different tasks, such as the following: Informative Article, Editorial, Obituary, Sports Column, Inspirational Story, Original Advertisements, A Comic Strip OR Political Cartoon, and a Works Cited Page. Each task has specific instructions as well as a minimum word count. This project also includes a clear rubric that aligns with expectations. (All expectations are editable.)
Zipped Folder Includes:
1) A student copy of the assignment along with a list of topics
2) A grading rubric
3) A process reflection log with blank dates (see teacher's note as to how to use this)
4) A presentation rubric along with expectations for the audience
5) Several student examples of the project
6) A note to the teacher with tips and tricks I have learned along the way
I have used this project for the last 7 years with students from 8th-11th grade; though, you may need to modify the word counts accordingly. I only included interesting topics on the list so that students are excited to research.
The purpose of this project is to put the workload on the students. It should take 2-3 weeks for them to complete, and your job during that time should be limited to monitoring and answering individual questions that may come up. If you wanted it to take as little as a week, you could easily modify by assigning more than 2 per group, or deleting some of the tasks.
I searched for a comprehensive project like this and could not find one, so that is why I created this. It took quite a bit of time to create, but I have found that students buy into it and learn a lot along the way. All of the responsibility falls on them. I hope that you enjoy!