Overview: Team projects are an important part of social studies class because they help to reinforce and apply what we are learning during specific units or chapters. Great care is taken to help students experience growth in becoming better collaborative workers. We practice the life skill of being an effective team player on a daily basis; being sensitive to the strengths and weaknesses of others and becoming better communicators. Individual accountability and work ethic within the team is highly stressed and is closely monitored. Team members are expected to produce high quality work on their portion of the team project. They will not be responsible for work that other team members agree to complete. The workload is divided and documented early on and students are expected to follow through on their individual commitment to the team. Team members are graded on the portion(s) of the group project that they agreed to do and are not penalized when another team member shows lack of effort or follow through. Students are asked not to complete any work on a team project that they did not agree to do.