In addition to Ancient History and AP Art History, a teach college prep U.S. History (with Juniors and Seniors). We do a lot of projects in there. Recently, I gave them an assignment related to Articles of the Constitution. I have 15 students and there are 7 Articles of the Constitution, I put them in groups of 2 (one group of 3). They were each assigned one article and given one class period to research and devise a brief presentation about their assigned article. Here were the rules:
- Design an explanatory presentation of your Article
- 1 PowerPoint Presentation: minimum of 5 slides, no more than 6 words per slide (to prevent students from putting their entire presentation on their PowerPoint and then reading it directly
- Both parties must speak during the presentation
They then uploaded their Presentations to DropBox (See my article “DropBox – An Excellent and *Free* Resource for Teachers.” This way, all of the presentations are available to the rest of the class at anytime.
Well, a few of my students decided to be informative as well as creative. One group, for example decided do do their entire PowerPoint using “Twitter Speak.” As a big fan of twitter, I highly approved.
Another ended their well developed project with a bit of a butter-up to me by featuring my favorite Celebrity Dr. (Dr. Drew) with all of us in the shot:
Creativity promotes learning, makes it more fun to do and to make – and makes your teacher blush 🙂