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PBL ideas for Language Arts

MelH 7th Grade ELA teacher, New Jersey

Good evening! I'm new to group and have been intrigued by the wonderful ideas/resources I've learned about by scrolling though the posts. This year will be my first time really going full-steam ahead with PBL. I'm excited, but I'm also feeling overwhelmed because I'm not exactly sure where to begin. I've done a ton of research this summer about PBL, but I'd like to hear from those who have been there, done that...especially middle school language arts teachers. What types of projects are you planning for this school year?

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Middle School Literature & Language Arts

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Dear MelH,

Welcome to Edutopia, it's a new school year here too, so we are creating new resources for our community of teachers, educators, and parents etc.

We are just beginning a new Edutopia Wikispace for teachers to share their curriculum and classroom resources and management tools...

Since you are doing Middle School ELA, I can share a wonderful wikispace link exactly from a Middle School ELA colleague in Illinois: Christina Nakazaki.

http://edutopia.wikispaces.com/

http://wikizaki.wikispaces.com/home#.Tl_Bf47msZQ
Middle School Literature & Language Arts Wiki by Christina Nakazaki

You can see that she is very organized and has specific lessons and writing
process assignments and handouts already loaded online...

I like her student introductory essay: "3 Things About Me", which is in her "Writing Process Notes and Handouts" section. She has about a dozen other "slideshow" presentations at her wiki to explore and contact her about...

At Edutopia you are not alone, we are working to create Professional Learning Networks online and our wikispace is (literally :-) just beginning...

Check back in the coming weeks to see our links of colleagues growing quickly...and join in...

"Prompt, Pre-write, Rough Draft, Peer-responding, Self-reflection, Editing, Final Proof..." Hand it in... :-)

Always Remember to Stagger the Class Writing Assignments, so you have a Life on the Weekends... :-)

to be continued...

Allen

UK English (Language Arts) teacher working in Malaysia.

First Year of PBL

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I have completed one PBL unit around The Apprentice and I'm in the middle of another one where learners create board games for younger learners to find out about Shakespeare. I'm happy to share what I've done so far, including what didn't go so well. Feel free to get in touch.

Band, choir and Language Arts in Northern California

Any ideas on curriculum for

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Any ideas on curriculum for Charles Dickens if we are reading "A Christmas Carol?"

UK English (Language Arts) teacher working in Malaysia.

More details?

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What age are you doing this with and what is your learning goal - context, analysis or something else? If you provide more info, I'm happy to bounce ideas around.

7-12 English Teacher in a Gifted School in Tampa Florida

7-12 English Teacher in Gifted School

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I know you posted this comment a long time ago, but I'm interested in your idea of creating board games about Shakespeare. Can you forward any of your written handouts or explanations and plans for this idea? This is something my students would thoroughly enjoy.

UK English (Language Arts) teacher working in Malaysia.

@John Hendrix

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Here you go. Let me know how you get on: http://bit.ly/bardgame

Feedback much appreciated. We had the Y6 learners come up to our classroom for a session when they played the games. It was great to see them so engaged and for my learners to see the fruits of their labour actually being used. Some had created board games, others had made a card game but they all engaged fully with the topic.
Note that part of the project involved an information sheet to give to those who would be playing any particular game. If this can be given a couple of days before, even better.

I am in my first year of

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I am in my first year of teaching PBL and am unsure how to proceed with my 7th-8th grade students. I teach advanced students, but do not know what kind of projects to incorporate in the classroom. Any suggestions?

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Hi sws420, welcome to the

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Hi sws420, welcome to the Edutopia community. It's great to hear that you'll be trying PBL for the first time. You may want to check out Suzie Boss's response in this thread:

http://www.edutopia.org/groups/project-based-learning/502046

She's got a ton of advice for getting started and where to look for resources. I think it will help.

Thank you!

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Thank you!

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You're very welcome. :-)

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You're very welcome. :-)

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