It is easy for teachers to follow the text book or assign another PowerPoint project.  While our students are doing what is asked are they truly getting any major benefit by doing another project?  Is this project reaching all of your students needs?  Students will light up with joy when you give them a choice of how to present what they learn.  They will explore new avenues and create demonstrate incredible knowledge if we just open the door for them.  Here is a sample project to show how easy it is to differentiate instruction by giving student the freedom of choice.  While all students are using the same standards they have multiple methods available to display their knowledge.

Alaska Anchor Standards for Writing Grade 6-12

1.     Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
2.     Write informative/explanatory text to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
6.     Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
7.     Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism. 

Students will be given 1 hour to search for information on cell phone use in schools.  Students will randomly be assigned to be for or against cell phone use in school.  Then they will be teamed up with 2 other students from other island schools to create a persuasive argument either for or against the use of cell phones in school.  This argument will be presented using the medium of their choice some recommended mediums are: glogster, garage band, prezi or voice thread, additional mediums are acceptable if presented to the instructor.  Be creative, have fun and try something new

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