"Short Research Projects" Ten-Project ELA Bundle: Volume I

"Short Research Projects" Ten-Project ELA Bundle: Volume I
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Looking for Common Core “short research projects” that won’t feel like work? Do you want research to spark student curiosity? Need to involve inquiry without students realizing it?

This bundle includes TEN different projects that can be completed in anywhere from 2-5 days! The length of time depends entirely upon the amount of in-class time you provide and what scaffolding you feel necessary for your students. Though these work best for grades 6-10, I have colleagues who use them in their 11th and 12th grade regular or inclusion classes.

The project topics vary in themes, standards covered, collaboration level (individual/partner/small group), argumentative vs. informative, and final products made, so students will never get bored if you do all 10 projects!

EACH project comes with:
• an introduction/directions page for students,
• a brainstorming graphic organizer AND/OR a presentation help sheet
• a CCSS-aligned mastery rubric, and
• a link to a non-fiction article or video that you can watch or read with students; these articles will help you to dig deeply into the critical thinking issues in each project and can be used to assess Reading Informational Text standards! The articles are all complex, recent, and come from credible organizations.

Also included is an extensive 7-page Teacher’s Guide that lists all of the projects, themes, final products made, standards covered, and links to NF articles that correspond to each project. It also clearly delineates 30+ ways to differentiate the projects and how to authentically apply them to both middle school AND high school.

This 38-page download includes 10 projects:

The Bucket List: make your own list and research (and present) how to go about completing one of the items on your list!
The Fountain of Youth: research a product or service that will supposedly make you look or feel younger, and argue if you believe it is effective.
How to Survive: write a how-to guide in one of a variety of formats that teaches us how to survive a perilous situation, whether a natural disaster or a social one!
The Million Dollar Idea: research a product that sold very well and write a partner essay analyzing why it was a success.
The Turning Point: Identify and research a turning point in history and make an annotated timeline explaining its impact.
What We Really Want: Make a “problem/solution” structure presentation with a small group in which you identify a problem in your life and propose not only your solution, but your proof that it will fix the problem and/or make your target audience happier.
The Best of the Best: write your own journalism article identifying “the best” people in an industry and defending why you feel they are excellent.
The ‘Classics’: make and defend your own list of “classic” items from your own genre (i.e. classic books, movies, cars, moments in sports, etc.)
The Secret to Success: research an individual whom you admire and make an annotated list identifying what led to their personal success and why.
Winter Holiday Traditions: Research the historical origins of a specific tradition WITHIN a religion’s winter holiday and give a presentation explaining it.

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