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Family & Community Project-Based
Project-based learning is an
instructional method that engages the learner in developing inquiry and
critical thinking skills about a particular topic. Including families and the
community is critical to providing a multicultural learning experience that is
applicable and relevant. One way to do this is through project based learning
(PBL) where students engage in critical thinking to address real world issues
that face their community. This provides an opportunity for students to create
meaningful connections between culture, community, and themselves. In this
assignment, you will have the opportunity to create a project using this
Using the following template as a guide, create a culturally responsive project
for the grade level of your choice that includes parent and community participation.
- Hall, J. (2009). Family ties. Teach 21 Project Based Learning.
Retrieved from http://wveis.k12.wv.us/teach21/public/project/Guide_print.cfm?upid=3502&tsele1=4&tsele2=100
You may choose to construct this assignment in a table as seen in the template
or create separate sections with headings in an essay-format document.
Your Project must include:
- Project Title.
- Content Standard & Objectives: At least one of each:
- Common Core State Standard
- NETS-T standard (http://www.iste.org/docs/pdfs/nets-t-standards.pdf?sfvrsn=2
- Learning Outcomes/Objectives
Class demographics description: This can either be fictionalized or an outline of
your current classroom but you must include a description of at least two
students with a recognized disability and a description of two ELL
Project idea: A
brief summary of your project including previous learning that occurred
(prior knowledge) before the project and how the project represents
Process Description: Write
step-by-step directions (see Manage the Process section of template) for
this project that you would allow you to follow during instruction and
present requirements for your identified class to follow. Remember to use
concise language, detailed directions, and as much information as possible
as you want to make sure your students complete this project exactly as
you intended and envisioned.
Your student directions must cover:
- How parents will be involved in the project
- How students will connect with their community
- How technology will be incorporated either in their project
search or project presentation
- How the project aligns with standards and outcomes.
Project Evaluation/Evidence of Success:
- How will students demonstrate mastery of the learning
- How will you measure the student’s success at meeting
each outcome and learning objective? Go beyond merely referring to the
rubric you will create.
- Create a rubric that will evaluate the group’s
presentation (*You may use RubiStar to develop the rubric or develop your
own grading tool)
- Create a separate rubric that will evaluate each
student’s individual participation and level of mastery within the
Personal Reflection: Explain
in one page how this project addresses real world issues that face their
community as well as how it provides an opportunity for students to create
meaningful connections between culture, community, and themselves and the
role technology plays.
*If you create a project based off of a lesson or project you researched or
previously used, you must GIVE CREDIT and include in your personal reflection
what changes you made to the existing project (there must be changes, you
cannot simply recycle something you’ve found) and how it improves student
- Page Requirement: 11-16
pages, not including title and references pages.
- APA Formatting: Use
APA formatting consistently throughout the paper. It is recommended you
use the content area labels as headings for each section of your content
for the paper.
- Syntax and Mechanics: Display
meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as
spelling and grammar. Your written work should contains no errors and be
very easy to understand.
- Source Requirement: Uses
no less than two scholarly sources in addition to the Wardle (2013)
textbooks, providing compelling evidence to support ideas, and if
applicable, reference to original project if enhancement of existing
project occurred. All sources on the reference page need to be used and
cited correctly within the body of the assignment.