Juxtapose It: Investigative Projects for English & Social Studies

Juxtapose It:  Investigative Projects for English & Social Studies
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OVERVIEW: Using Juxtapose It projects, your students will become the teachers of their peers and utilize their critical thinking skills to connect a specific topic to a novel or historical topic being covered in class. Use this presentation type with Social Studies, literature, or other subjects. The applicability is endless!

Generate a list of SPECIFIC topics directly or indirectly related to your Social Studies or English topic. For instance, if you are teaching about slavery in the antebellum American South, your topics might include modern-day sweatshops in Pakistan, the story of Iqbal, or William Wilberforce. If you're teaching The Scarlet Letter, you might have topics like Alice Paul, burkas in Taliban-controlled areas, and the story of Adam & Eve. It is better if the topics you choose are more modern.

Let each student in your class choose a topic they are interested in; students may work in pairs but each team cannot choose a topic another group is doing.

Following the handouts, students must choose a topic, investigate/research it, put together a Works Cited page, and creatively teach the class about the topic and how it relates to what the class is currently studying. I suggest giving them a week to research and prepare, or you can stagger presentations to last throughout the unit, doing one or two student presentations a day.
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