This is a student-centered group learning challenge that puts the learning in the students' laps. A classroom is divided into groups of 3-4 students, and each group must choose a leader to guide the learning challenge.
In this challenge student groups will use the links provided to acquire information that will be used to create a Powerpoint/Google Slides presentation about the topic of early Chinese Dynasties. Students must include information in their slides that will answer 3 focus questions that answer one BIG QUESTION: "How did the early dynasties of China shape Chinese culture?"
After they have completed their slide shows, student groups will present their learning in front of an audience and answer a series of questions to check for understanding.
Included in this activity are the Big Question, the criteria for the learning challenge, the process criteria for the groups, a scoring rubric, and the necessary links to guide the learning challenge and keep the internet search focused.
I have created similar activities that are also on TPT. These student-centered activities make students accountable for their own learning. Students in my classroom understand that they are responsible for all aspects of the task. Students enjoy this type of learning as opposed to traditional methods. Students have commented that they seem to truly learn the information because the responsibility is theirs and they have to be actively engaged.