American History Workshop

The goal of the American History Workshop is to create a place for students to build a collaborative knowledge base for our seventh and eighth grade social studies class. We have been inspired by and borrowed ideas from a wide variety of sources. Two of our most important sources are: a) the work of Bereiter and Scardamalia on knowledge building and b) the Writer's Workshop described most eloquently by Lucy Calkins. As we develop this space, we will explore the use of a wide range of tools including: Google Docs, concept maps, wiki entries, a range of class-created databases, podcasts, blogs, Moodle, and more.

Projects can be any size. Some might take less than a class period. Some might take a whole marking period. You can pick any topic related to our overall units of study. You can pick whatever resources you can find to learn about it. You can share what you have learned in a wide variety of ways (see project formats link below). But don’t feel limited by what has been suggested or done before. If you have an idea different from what you see, propose it and maybe we can make it work. The time period is roughly 1780-1870.

Project Ideas

Project Formats & Tools for Teaching

Project Proposal Template

Project Proposals: 2017-2018

Project Notes: 2017-2018

Rubric Elements

Sample Project Questions, Challenges, Problems

Workshop Portfolio & Journal

Critique Groups

Page(s) Requirements
Due by end of 2nd quarter
  • Title & Subheadings (Heading 1 & Heading 2)
  • Focus Question - Higher Order Question - This will be the focus of your report/project
  • FAQs (5 for now) - Ideally these would help you answer the above question. These can be any question type.
  • Top 3 things to know & 1 interesting thing - Completed for first sharing day (some students were absent) - these can overlap with FAQs
  • Notes - Minimum of 4 sources (minimum average of 5 bullets per source)
    • Use 4 column format

Student Projects 2017-2018
pages tagged "project1718"