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World Traveller


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Keywords: World History, Social Studies, Photography
Subject(s): Photography, Civics, Social Studies, Geography, History, English/Language Arts
Grades 6 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Lakeview School, Durham, NC
Planned By: Cierra Burns
Original Author: Cierra Burns, Durham
Process
Student are arranged into groups and work together to complete the project
Group roles will be assigned by teacher based on data
Students will chose a country from a particular unit to research.
Students will use given questions to guide research
1. How has geography impacted the development of this country?
2. What major events have shaped the history of this country?
3. How does this country's monuments reflect it history and culture?
4. Describe three major cultural traditions.
Students will create a tri-fold poster presenting the research findings
Students will brainstorm three "artifacts" to create that they would expect to find in their country. Students must determine how to create the items at their own expense.
Students brainstorm one monument to depict or recreate. Students will have access to paper, paint, and drawing supplies.
Teacher will scaffold providing guiding and access to research and art supplies
Students will give presentations as a history fair set up with small areas around the room.
Students will use mini "passports" to take notes and critique others presentations
Students will take "tourist" selfies at each "country"
Students will share their pictures for the class website's "World Traveler" photo gallery

Assessment
Students will be provided with a rubric for self grading (teacher must approve grade)
Students will debrief about the process, what they learned, and enjoyed the most
Student will view the class website's "World Traveler" photo gallery

Differentiation
Students will be grouped according to strengths and needs. Teacher will provide assistance as needed throughout the process
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Humanities: English Language Arts: Students will write essays and give brief presentations about their countries
Follow-Up
We will revisit this activity several times throughout the year with group researching different countries each time.
Materials: Point and Shoot, Art Tools, Web Page
Other Items: 6 Camera