PBL (Project Based-Learning)

21st Century Learning goals

What is PBL? Day 1 Tuesday (10 minutes)


Read the above article that explains PBL.

Answer this question: What is PBL? and what are the 6 components that a PBL includes? Answer on a google doc and share with ldohanich@stmaryslgv.org for a daily grade in religion. Title the document "PBL Worksheet 1"

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The 21st Century Learning Objectives are: The 4 C's . You will be graded according to these 4 objectives.

21st century skills

The Driving Question: "What are the connections between the issues surrounding the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement and Church Reform (especailly as seen through the lens of our Catholic Faith)?"

Where to begin? (45 minutes)

1. Independently use your critical reading and thinking skills to pull apart the question.

2. Do some research. Use the websites linked above or venture out on your own. Find out how Civil War, Civil Rights and Vatican II are alike, different, and how they relate to one another.

3. There is no wrong answer here, as long as you can support your ideas with research and sound reasoning


4. Write answers on the planning sheet

save in your google drive in a folder called "PBL" (you must create the folder)

A daily grade will be given in Science for the critical thinking on this document and in Language Arts for following directions and use of google drive/folders

Now take some time to think! think! think!

How will you answer the question?

1. What do people need to know to see your point?

2. How are you going to get your point across? music? food? speeches? pictures? videos? culture? The ideas are limitless. Live interview perhaps? Be creative.

3. What are you going to teach about each topic?

4. What do you want everyone to learn?

5. How are you going to present your findings?

6. Each person has to make a Smore. Your Smore must include at least 3 facts about the Civil War, 3 facts about the Civil Rights Movement, and 3 facts about Vatican II. You must include at least one video (it can be yourself), one music clip, and one embedded link.

7. The Smore must be creative but also cohesive- what is your point- how are your learning facts connected to the point you are making?

8. Use this time to make a "Mock Up" on construction paper or white paper of your idea.

9. Remember that public presentation is part of a PBL. So, will you dress up? Make a model? Bring a Guest Speaker? Present like a news anchor from a local station?

10. This is thinking time- you do not have to know all the answers right now!!

This mock up will be a daily grade! Complete for homework if necessary!

You need to meet with three people. Make sure you have read the link above.

Fill out one of these Google forms for each student you collaborate with:


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Now Work!!

1. Go to www.smore.com and log in. You should have an account.

2. Create your S'more

3. Use advice from collaboration, make sure you include significant content, look at the rubric links above for each of the 4 categories (collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and presentation) to make sure your S'more meets requirements.

4. Decide how you are going to present.

5. Each student will present Friday- you will get 10 minutes to present and 5 minutes for questions and answers from class and teachers.

Note: You will get a test grade in LA for Collaboration, a test grade in Science for Critical Thinking, a test grade in Religion on Creative/Innovative Thinking and a test grade in History for presentation. You will get a second major test grade in all 4 classes by averaging all 4 grades together.

Make a test for classmates on Significant Content

For Monday, each student will take a test on the content from each presentation

Make sure you are actively taking notes and asking questions to make sure you are learning.

You will get a grade on your notes from each presentation (daily)- Religion, a grade for the test you create (daily)- Language Arts, a grade on how you use technology/creativity in your test (daily) Science and a grade for how you answer the tests (daily) History