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Part of my goal for 11th grade US History students is to intentionally grow their ability to present in front of their peers and genuinely learn from one another as experts. We build these skills all year, which then culminate in this major end of the year project. Each student gets one partner and one major topic from the end of the year US History content. Topics include Black Power Movement, Chicano Movement, Gay Liberation, Native American Rights, Women’s Rights Movement, Watergate Scandal, Reagan Revolution, War on Terrorism, Obama’s Presidency, etc. In all there are 15 topics.
Once students select their topic, their challenge is to create a 20-23-minute lesson where they teach (at minimum) 3-4 key subtopics within their assigned topic. For example, students teaching the Chicano Movement would cover Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, the Delano Grape Strike, etc. Students are instructed to teach a full lesson, including a beginning, middle, and end, just as a teacher would go about planning a lesson. Not only does this process help students grow as teachers and presenters, but they start to have empathy with the amount of work teachers put into their lessons.
I’ve had students who delivered truly incredible lessons, including simulations, deep discussions, and fun games. And, of course, I guide them every step of the way to ensure their lessons are brilliant.
I personally introduce this project, give them 1.5-2 weeks of class time to work on it, and then have them present over the course of 1-2 weeks depending on my class size. Student instructions & the rubric are fully editable in MS word should you wish to change topics or alter the project to better fit your students.
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