For my blended learning US History class, students are doing a final project, instead of writing a final exam. You can see the rough outline of the project below.
My original idea for #2 was to have students “adopt” a Wikipedia article and make revisions/edits, but I’m not sure there’s going to be one that needs significant work available for all the different topic areas.
Thoughts? Other ideas for ways to students to contribute to ongoing collaborative scholarly efforts?
Choose an area of focus and trace shifts in that area throughout the course of American history
Race relations/Civil Rights
Role of women/men in society
Role of athletes/athletics
The arts in public life (music, visual arts, dance, film)
Role and rights of children
Freedom of speech/press
Religion in public life
(Topics might needed to be further narrowed after choosing)
1. Create a timeline with important events in your area of focus
2. ?????Collaborative contribution ?????
3. Analyze an article appearing in the newspaper in the last year related to the shift you’re studying
4. Interview an expert (someone who experienced the shift or someone who studies it)
5. Write a paper chronicling the history of the shift and predicting where you think the shift is headed next. (incorporate interview & current events article
6. Lead a lesson for the class about the shift. Assign reading/prep work to go along with the lesson