Here are some examples of projects I have completed with students. I hope they inspire you to implement authentic projects within your own classroom.
Driving Question: What unites us as humans?
Summary: Students are exploring themes of humanity and unity. Students are writing reflective essays answering the driving question. Students are then designing cards to send to family and friends throughout the United States and the world. Students will invite recipients to respond in writing to our driving question.
After exploring humanity from a genetics level, students will interview experts including a biology professor, a sociology professor, and community members from minority organizations. Students will analyze humanity through a social justice lens, exploring how humans have united even when differences (race, religion, political affiliation) try to divide us.
Finally, students will use responses from expert interviews as well as written responses from family and friends to formulate a found poem and corresponding double exposure photo answering the driving question about what unites us as humans.