lesson was inspired by a "Celebrate
the U.S.A." lesson plan found on the Microsoft
website for educators. Instead of students researching a state, I
modified the lesson to have students research a U.S. city. Since my students
really thrive in working in teams, I thought this would a great way to
incorporate various skills in a real world application.
lesson was designed for ninth graders with basic knowledge in Microsoft
Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. This project was introduced mid second semester
(or mid third quarter) because this project requires students to have
skills in creating formal documents with proper citation, creating graphs
and charts, and public speech. Throughout the school year, students have
been continually practicing writing drills in Microsoft Word, however,
this will be their first time collaborating with other teammates in order
to produce a group report in my class.
Skills Addressed (Texas)
Locate and interpret written information. .
Incorporate supplementary resources and references.
Demonstrate productive work habits and attitudes.
Organize ideas logically and sequentially.
Demonstrate basic writing techniques
Edit a variety of written documents
Produce business reports, integrating charts, and graphics.
Identifies the guidelines for using graphics, fonts, and special effects
the effectiveness of multimedia presentations.
Determine the appropriate technology to create and deliver an effective
organization, oral speech, critical thinking skills, and creativity
are enhanced in the Best Cities project.
overview, assign teams, pick team name, assign team member roles
research topics, gather research on assigned topics
written group report: Group report due on Day 15
PowerPoint presentation; Presentation due on Day 19
members will be assigned. Once assigned, your team decide the specific
roles of each team members. Each team will have four or five members.
Below are role descriptions of each team member:
Project Manager - Duties include making key decisions for group, delegating
team member tasks, ensure team stays on task, giving timeline reminders
for group, writing update emails to teacher, motivating group, maintain
group cohesion during project, leading team to success and providing
Creative Director - This person has the "creative eye" for
the PowerPoint presentation. This person has an affinity towards graphics,
design, and creativity. Responsible for architecting the technical and
creative aspects of the presentations.
Editor - This person is detail-oriented ensuring grammar, spelling,
capitalization is error free on both the written report and PowerPoint
presentation. This person is "Webster" friendly and has a
strong knowledge of vocabulary, sentence structure, and format. This
person keeps is responsible for organizing the group binder, and making
sure team's electronic files are easily organized and accessible.
Research Analyst - This person likes conducting research and guiding
others to useful sites. This person is a "Googlefile," who
doesn't mind digging deep to find helpful and interesting information.
This person will collect and track all useful resources among team members.
This person will write the Works Cited page of the report.
team will decide on a city to choose from the list below:
York City, NY
team will be responsible for covering each of the topics below. As a team,
you will decide which team member is responsible for researching the topic
City History - When was your city founded? How was the city founded?
What are the historical events in the city's history?
Weather & Geography - What is the geography of the city? What is
the weather like? What is the average temparature? What is the rainfall?
Population - What is the population? Is this city a booming city? Is
the city diverse?
Job Opportunities - What is the unemployment rate? What are the cities'
biggest employers? What are the major industries? Is this city experiencing
a decline or growth in job opportunities?
Cost of Living- Is it afforable or expensive to live in the city?
Crime - How safe is it to live here?
Famous Attractions/Shopping/Entertainment- What can I do for fun? What
are different types of restaurants I can visit? Where can I shop till
Sports and Recreation - Does the city have major sports teams? Can the
city offer outdoor activities?
culmination of your project will result in a 1)
Written formal report and 2)
7-10 minute PowerPoint presentation of your city
presented by ALL
members of your team.
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