This research project is the perfect culminating project for novels such as To Kill a Mockingbird or Walk Two Moons. It can also be used on its own to teach students the power of empathy and understanding.
In this assignment, students are given a selection of topics to choose from. These topics include:
1. What is it like to live somewhere that is not your native country?
2. What is it like to have a learning disability?
3. What is it like to have ADHD?
4. What is it like to experience a natural disaster/trauma as a child?
5. What is it like to be 75 years old?
6. What is it like to be blind?
7. What is it like to be deaf?
8. What is it like to be autistic?
9. What is it like to be colorblind?
10. What is it like to have depression?
11. What is it like to go hungry?
12. What is it like to have OCD?
14. What is it like to live in poverty?
15. What is it like to have dementia?
16. What is it like to be dyslexic?
17. What is like to have addicts for parents?
19. What is it like to have cancer?
20. What is it like to have an eating disorder?
21. What is it like to be a little person?
22. What is it like to have alopecia as a kid?
Each topic comes with a specific website resource link for students use as a starting point for their research. Most of the links include simulations, videos or other helpful tools for asking students to literally walk in someone else's shoes.
After conducting research, students will compile their evidence in to a helpful inquiry based organizer. From there, they will create a presentation that you may have them use for the entire class or for small groups. This assignment includes rubrics and accountability forms if you choose to have students present to small groups.
This packet includes:
• Assignment overview
• Topic choices with research links
• Research document form
• Presentation requirements
• Rubric for presentation
• Presentation membership form
Common Core Standards Addressed:
Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.
Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
A great way to create empathy and understanding in your classroom!