Project Based Learning in Content Areas Using Technology & Multimedia
5th graders celebrate their finished Colonial Quilt
Intel Teach to the Future
21st Century Students Assume the
Personnas of 1770's Virginia Colonists
by Robert D. Curry
5th Grade Teacher at Vinci Park School
Berryessa Union School District
San Jose, California
|Translation in Spanish/Espanol|
Web based Social Studies Project designed for students in grades 5-8
integrating historical research and presentation tools.
1. What were the conditions of various social groups in 1770's Virginia that led to the change from a loyal British colony to a leading proponent of Independence?
2. What was life like for people of the various social groups in that time and place?
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|View Project Overview Power Point Presentation|
|This project will have the following outcomes:|
project requires Microsoft Power Point. For a
|Students will understand the daily life of members of the various social classes which existed in the Williamsburg, Virginia area in the early to mid-1770's, leading up to the American Revolution|
|Courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation 2002|
Students are assigned a historical character along with the biographies of the People of Williamsburg resource materials (primary sources from www.history.org and Colonial Williamsburg materials) to research the person. They then fill in a research form.
Students do additional research on the history and culture of Colonial Virginia using print, music and internet resources. Some sources are listed to the left.
Objectives based on California State
Standards and the national
ISTE technology standards.
|Students will do research on historical characters from 1770's Williamsburg using as resources|
Students create a "historical fiction" character based on their research. They then plot out a 7-9 panel story board of what life was like, following a teacher created template. From that they implement the main project of the powerpoint and web page and some of the alternate activities below. Most are decidedly 21st century in nature, depending on computer technology. However, by using modern day technology, they can learn a great deal from the past.
|1) Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Resources (www.history.org)|
Biography Name List
2b) Biographies of the People of Williamsburg
|3) Big Chalk's A Day in the Life|
3. Power Point Presentations;
Following the story board created in #2 above, students follow a teacher created template in planning and creating a Power Point presentation of their character's life
Clara/San Diego CWTI 2001 Week #6 by rdcurry
4b)Return to Williamsburg June 22, 2002 by rdcurry
of Colonial Williamsburg
(Courtesy of Ms. Nicole Moore,
Oakland CWTI 2001)
6)Colonial Photos from San Diego County Office of Education
|Power Point Presentations created by 5th Grade students at Vinci Park School in San Jos|
4. Group Web Page
Each group, composed of characters of similar social groups, can create a web page featuring the members of their group in presenting their knowledge of the way of life of their assumed identities. These pages will be part of a Web Site set up by the teacher with templates for each group using Netscape Composer and saving on an established Server such as www.everyschool.org, or using Microsoft Word 2000 or Microsoft Publisher (and Saving as a Web Page).
Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia
|8) Microsoft Encarta Africana 2000 Edition|
Colonial History Resources from
History Net at About.com
11) Ask Jeeves for Kids
12) Slavery Image Search
13) Historical Photo Resources
|Free Tutorial on using Netscape Composer National Semiconductor's Global Connections Course|
Each student can create a biographical brochure for each individual using Microsoft Publisher 2000 or Microsoft Word.
A diary entry
as written by the charcter. Students will write a diary entry in
the role of their assumed identity and write what everyday life was like.
This can be one section of the student website. Another option is for students
to write the diary entries and then be published in a colonial-era facsimile
newspaper for each group using Microsoft Publisher 2000.
Each individual will create a section for a patchwork quilt. Each section will portray something that is representative of the student's Assumed Character. All the individual sections will be sewn together, hopefully by parent volunteers. It will have, in the center, a class created central patch that states a unifying theme
|Students will be assessed by the following rubrics:|
|Rubric for Research Activity|
|Rubric for Power Point|
|Rubric for Brochure|
|Rubric for Diary Entry|
|Rubric for Web Page|
|Rubric for Compositions|
|Student Project Web Page|
|Project Outline of Assumed Identities|
Students will display their work (a VHS videotape play of their powerpoints) and display boards for the other written components. They could also take on the role of their Assumed Identity Character for a school Colonial History fair
|Colonial Research Form|
|Accompanying Project Website|
|Power Point Storyboard|
Summary of what they learned in this unit;
Students will write a 1-3 paragraph essay on what they have learned while doing this activity
|Power Point Template for Students|
form for Citing
your sources and
writing a Bibliography
|Ask an Expert|
|If you are taking the role of a tradesperson, you can email a colonial tradesperson a question. Include your street address and allow several weeks for a response.|
|Click above photo to view important message on the use of material from this site.|
This page was created using resources made available by the copyright holders and used by permission.
Graphics and animations are from www.animfactory.com
|A section of a Colonial themed quilt, based on students' assumed colonial characters.|