I am a board member and the curriculum chair for the Oregon Council for the Social Studies. I created the curriculum resource section of our website, and have received positive feedback from professors of education. The OCSS website, along with the curriculum page, can be found here: http://www.oregonsocialstudies.org/
This is a Personal Inquiry Project I developed, adapted from the International School of Paris IB Program, Student Personal Project Handbook. I created the project after attending an Oregon Council for English Teachers conference, where I was inspired by workshops on project-based learning.
PIP is meant for any English classroom, and specifically aligns with many Common Core standards in reading, writing, language, and speaking and listening.
This is a sample webquest for a social studies class on the Industrial Era and Reform. The webquest asks students to answer the question, “Robber Barons or Captains of Industry?”. The students are to research information on industrialists at the turn of the century and record evidence to support their thesis in a paper. There are links to GoogleDocs for the assignment and graphic organizer.
The students will then work in groups to come to a consensus on the question, and then create a poster or political cartoon they will then present to the class.
The webquest is here: Robber Barons or Captains of Industry? Webquest
I am an educator in Portland, Oregon
I am a traveler adventurer; education has been my passport.
I am from the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York.
Also: Michigan, Wisconsin, Boston, London, and San Francisco.
My background in travel, education, music, journalism, dance, social justice, and poetry has led me to teaching.
I believe in the power of young people and that they are capable of creativity, critical thinking, inquiry, and action to change the world for the better.
“we are the music-makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams”
– Arthur O’Shaughnessy (1844–1881)