Do your students desire to be the teacher? During this project, the students have the opportunity to teach their classmates something new. The overall focus of the project is writing and giving clear, detailed directions. There are two parts to the project: part one has students write a "How to" paper and part two is doing a demonstration speech.
This is a great project for many reasons. Students love to be active learners, the projects are fun, and teachers can evaluate both speaking and writing skills as well as meet many of the language arts benchmarks. Included in the 15 pages are lesson plans, organizational handouts for students, a rubric for grading and much more. (The handouts are so detailed and the writing straight forward, this can be a great writing/speaking project for special education students as well.)