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PBL Project: Who's My American Hero?

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Perfect end-of-year or after-the-exam-and-everybody's-fried project!

Culminate any study of American history by challenging your students to develop a two-part authentic product that challenges them to brainstorm, research, and nominate their living hero to the President of the United States to receive the next Medal of Freedom and to craft a genuine thank you card to their nominee for their impactful and inspiring accomplishments.


Greatness is realizing and seeking inspiration from the commonalities among successful people in order to leave one’s own impact on the world.

No nation is founded more on the idea that the commoner has the ability to be great than the U.S. Centuries have proven that hard work, passion, and a few good ideas all mix to form the American hero. And now, thanks to President Kennedy, we celebrate our very best American heroes annually with this prestigious award.

Take your students on a quest through the traits of heroism and an exploration of the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient list to deeply define for themselves, “Who’s my American hero?”

Leave the boring textbook behind and lead your students straight to engaging in real conversation with real audiences.

Included in this project mini-unit:
- Project overview and detailed daily lesson plans, with strategies for implementing each activity to maximize student talk and deep thinking
- Concept definition sheet for on-going note taking
- 2 background activities with student worksheets and supplemental resources
- Project direction sheet and rubric, with examples and tips, aligned with Common Core standards
- BONUS: supplemental skill building mini-lesson on creating quality annotated citations


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What Makes an American Hero?: explore the men and women who have been doing the impossible throughout American history in this thematic unit.
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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