World Lit: Researching and Comparing Pre- and Post-Colonial Ibo Culture, Day 1

Standard: ELAGSE9-10W7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

Learning Target: I can research and present information comparing Pre- and Post-Colonial Ibo culture with a group of my peers.

Opening Session: Group assignments!! I’ve put you guys in groups to hopefully shake up your normal tables and get you working with new people. You will have plenty of time in class for this project, so you don’t need to worry about getting together outside of school. Let’s assign groups now and you guys can all move to be with your new peeps!

Work Session: Today we’re going to begin work on our second Embedded Assessment for this unit, a research project and presentation. Today I want to present the assignment to you and go over the requirements, then give you some planning time with your group.

You’ll find the assignment in your Springboard on page 241. The basic idea is you’re going to choose an aspect of Ibo culture and research it, comparing and contrasting it before and after colonialism in Africa. Your choices for cultural aspects are:

  • Language
  • Law
  • Clothing
  • Gender roles
  • Sports and games
  • Religion
  • Food
  • Art
  • Music and dance

You can choose any of these topics with your group, but obviously you must agree. Come up with a top 3, because I will only allow a max of 2 groups to choose the same topic (otherwise, we will all be super bored during presentations). Your group will need to research and present your topic, including the use of a visual aid such as PowerPoint or Prezi

Today by the end of class I want you to turn in a plan that includes the following information:

  • What are you researching?
  • What format will you use for your presentation – PowerPoint? Prezi? Google Slides? Something else?
  • Will you include any additional aids – will you cook food, dress up, perform a song or dance? These things aren’t required, but will definitely get you a better grade!
  • What role will each of your group members take on in the presentation?
  • Generate some questions you will seek to answer in your research.

You need to compose (as a group) a 1-page proposal for your presentation and turn it in to me before the end of class. Tomorrow we will be in the media center to begin your research!

Closing Session: Share out – each group state your topic and two of the questions you want to answer!

Assessment: Informal (proposal), Formal (final project)

Differentiation: Process (varied ability grouping strategies), Interest (student choice)

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