This project guides students to perform background research on Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, their accomplishments, the medical and social challenges they faced, technology available for the blind and deaf, braille, and the culture of the time.
Though a group project, it simulates a real-life cooperative environment where each person has a role in developing the final product.
Place students in groups prior to allowing them to choose their roles. Depending on grade level of students, I recommend having younger students submit research for review prior to developing presentations and giving more time for younger students to complete each section. As written, this project allows two class periods for research and two class periods to develop a presentation for oral reports. Alternatively, the research could be accomplished as homework and class time used to develop the group presentation.
Presentations can take any form you choose – Google Slides, PowerPoint, Prezi, Posters, Thinglink, TES Blendspace, Imovie, PuppetPal app, etc. or allow students to choose how to present findings.
This was written as a cross-curricular project to support the literature instructor in addition to obtaining presentation objectives in a technology class. Technology instructors should include their specific requirements for the final presentation. Otherwise, “Required Elements” should be replaced or modified for the instructor’s specific purposes.
The product you are getting is written in Word, so it is easily modified for your goals. Otherwise, print and go, load to Google Classroom or any learning management system.
A rubric is included for your convenience as well as a key for the basic questions listed. Quotefall, a cryptogram and Crossword puzzles (with solutions) are included for early finishers or for use during the novel study. Once students solve the Quotefall or Cryptogram, students could be asked to write a short essay about the meaning of the quote and use text evidence for support.