Reflection: Student Grouping Identifying Subtopics - Section 1: Introduction and Modeling


For a project like this, unless it is absolutely necessary for students to have a lot of scaffolding, I want each student to do their own research project. However, researching for a topic and preparing a report seems really hard for this age group. Therefore, I try to put students in groups that are studying similar topics. For example, the students who are studying sculptures, paintings, and traditional arts will work together even though they will eventually present different information. Sometimes, when a few students chose the same topic, I narrow each of their topics so they can work together but do their own work. For example, three students wanted to research the topic of food. Instead of, one of them studying street food, one of them studied traditional food, and the last studied the food a typical Vietnamese person would eat in the day and anything special about daily eating or preparation. This way they can have someone to share information and resources with as well as instead the context in which their peer is sharing information. 

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Identifying Subtopics

Unit 3: World Culture Research Project
Lesson 2 of 13

Objective: SWBAT create a list of possible subtopics to research more deeply.

Big Idea: When students research a topic, they need smaller subtopics to help focus their research.

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