Interactive folders are a great way for students to learn and research independently on virtually ANY project in ANY classroom. Furthermore, their classmates can explore their finished projects and learn alongside one another. Students also score each other using a given list of criteria, which dramatically increases accountability among teens.
I've created assignments using interactive folders in the past for short story authors, abolitionist leaders, Shakespeare plays, and several more.
This version of my interactive folder runs alongside The Miracle Worker, the dramatic adaptation of Helen Keller's life story. It encourages students to choose from a list of 100 influential innovators, public leaders, performers, artists, and athletes, and then create and compile artifacts and learning tools to be placed in a two-pocket folder that I supply.
Students get one class day, after projects are submitted, to explore their peers' work and "grade" what they see.
I've included the following for your use:
- assignment explanation handout
- project requirements list (includes ideas for items to add to folder)
- grading checklist/scale for teacher and/or student use
- starter list of 100 influential "famous figures"