Project Title:  What’s your story?

Standards Met:

ISTE NETS for Students

1 Creativity and Innovation

b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression

2 Communication and Collaboration

a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media

3 Research and Information Fluency

b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media

IB PYP Scope & Sequence

Oral language - Listening & speaking

Phase 5

- appreciate that people speak and respond according to personal and cultural perspectives

Oral language - Viewing & presenting

Phase 5

- view and critically analyze a range of visual texts, communicating understanding through oral, written, and visual media

- apply knowledge of presentation techniques in original and innovative ways; explain their own ideas for achieving desired effects

Visual language - Reading

Phase 5

- make inferences and be able to justify them

- distinguish between fact and opinion, and reach their own conclusions about what represents valid information

- locate, organize, and synthesize information from a variety of sources including the library/media center, the internet, people in the school, family, the immediate community, or the global community

Visual language - Writing

Phase 4

- write independently and with confidence, demonstrating a personal voice as a writer

- write for a range of purposes, both creative and informative, using different types of structures and styles according to the purpose of the writing

- select vocabulary and supporting details to achieve desired effects

- organize ideas in a logical sequence

- reread, edit, and revise to improve their own writing, for example, content, language, organization

- work cooperatively with a partner to discuss and improve each other’s work, taking the roles of authors and editors

Phase 5

- use a range of vocabulary and relevant supporting details to convey meaning and create atmosphere and mood

- locate, organize, synthesize, and present written information obtained from a variety of valid sources

- use a range of tools and techniques to produce written work that is attractively and effectively presented

Enduring Understanding:

Personal histories connect us to the past and provide unique perspectives that help to determine the future.

Essential Questions:

How is history recorded?

What can we learn from personal histories?

How do primary sources inform our understandings of history?

How do personal histories illustrate links between world events?

Are personal histories important? Why or why not?


Goal: Demonstrate how a personal history of a relative or community member shows our connection to history by gathering, organizing, interpreting, and presenting primary source artifacts.

Role: Historian inquiring into the life of a person of significance to gain historical perspective and make connections between yourself and history.

Audience: Presentations will be shared for formative feedback with students at other schools and published on class blog and promoted using class twitter account to share publicly, particularly with our families.

Situation: Modeled and guided inquiry during class. Independent research primarily during mid-term holidays, interview family members and gather primary source artifacts to organize upon returning to school.

Product: VoiceThread produced video presentation featuring student’s research summary, deductions, and interpretations of their subject in historical context. Includes photographs, videos, legal documents, and/or other related primary source artifacts.

Six Facets of Understanding:

Explain: Gather, organize, and present historical data from primary sources in diverse media including autobiography, interviews, news reports, photos, videos, etc.

Interpret: Deduce subject’s place in history by comparing data in order to state and support opinions.

Apply: Create a digital multimedia document to establish subject’s place and role in history.

Have perspective: Research a variety of sources, including interviews with different credible people in order to develop a unique point of view.

Empathize: Express ideas and opinions about the role of personal histories in our lives and history.

Have self-knowledge: Recognize and reflect on the connections between one’s self and the subject, and between one’s self, the subject, and History.