FREE Project-Based Learning Materials for the English Classroom • 20Time Project

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Welcome to 20Time, where students spend 20 percent of their class time over a 12-week period pursuing a meaningful project of their own choosing. In this free packet, you’ll find a variety of materials to help guide middle-school and high-school students through this project-based learning experience, similar in scope to other PBLs such as the 20 Percent Project and Genius Hour.

As I blogged at www.laurarandazzo.com about my experiences using 20Time with four sections of high school freshmen and one section of juniors, fellow teachers asked many great questions and requested that I put all of my materials together in one convenient spot. This packet is my effort to gather my 20Time blog posts and materials in one grab-and-go location.

This package includes:

• Links to the entire series of 20Time blog posts

• Letter to parents/guardians explaining the philosophy behind the project

• Link to a reusable Prezi slide deck to use as you introduce the project to your students

• 60-Second Project Pitch (also known as “Guppy Tank,” a kinder, gentler Shark Tank public speaking experience) Assignment sheet

• 60-Second Project Pitch/Guppy Tank Rubric

• Peer voting result slips on 60-Second Project Pitch/Guppy Tank performances

• List of 30 generic project ideas for students who struggle to find a meaningful project

• List of 50 specific projects completed by my students this year to give you a sense of where we ended up

• Weekly planning slip (“Exit Ticket”) to help students get organized the day before each in-class work session

• End-of-Project Speech Assignment handout

• End-of-Project Speech Rubric resource list

I hope these materials are helpful in bringing the many benefits of project-based learning to your students. Thanks for stopping by!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in light of the evidence presented.
Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.


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