Every year, my school site hosts a school wide Project Based Learning Event called "Symposium." This year as GATE coordinator I have put my own spin on the project and developed Curriculum for our students. I developed a six week project for our students, and they will showcase their final work at a "Community Night" and present to their families and people from our community.
Feel free to use this resource at your school site and modify to suit your student's needs. This curriculum is intended for Advanced Learners but all students are capable of completing the project with enough support and guidance. This Curriculum is also suitable for Grade 6-12.
(Click the image above to download the Free PDF)
Developed by Dr. Caldwell 2018-2019
Below are screen shots of some of the Booklets Pages (All activities are included in the Free resource above)
Instead of using a "physical notebook" opt for a digital notebook. If you teach 7th Grade history, feel free to use this Digital Portfolio and modify for your class. I usually do one activity per day an an anticipatory set before I dive deeply into the topic. Click the images below for the free resources.
We have begun the year and before we examine the 13 colonies, I always review European Colonization of the Americas (to remind them there were millions of people already in the Americas...before Columbus!). Colonization is a deeply controversial subject with many different viewpoints, and that is why it is so important to teach. Here is what I do with my GATE identified students to encourage deep understanding.
After reviewing English, French and Spanish Colonization I pass out one of the slips below to each student (there are 6 different cards). Students write what they know, what they have read and what they have researched on the cards using the guided questions (I usually assign as HW). When they arrive to the class with research completed, they get into groups (All "ethics" in one group, all "Impact" in one group). They discuss their findings and create a giant poster, adding the most enlightened information they found (Drawings and diagrams are encouraged). After creating their poster, they can present to the class or allow for a "silent gallery walk."
Click the image below for the free worksheets.
Make History Relevant Using Current Events
Trying to make historical content relevant for teenagers is our constant challenge as history teachers. Using current events may help with this challenge. The goal is by showing students how history influences our world today may make them see the importance of learning history. Use this free worksheet (click image to download a pdf version) for students along side a current event article. I recommend using NEWSELA for news articles (Be mindful that Newsela now has a lot of content that are not news articles, rather summary readings).
Added: If you are looking for a GATE alternative suitable for all grade levels look at the image below and click the image to download a free pdf worksheet (Note: I have students write their answers on lined paper)
Suitable for grades 6-8
GATE Current Event Analysis