Students create an answer to the essential question while learning about the scientific method, the Mayan culture and history and develop conclusions about civilizations, past and present.
Essential Question : What brings about the rise and fall of great civilizations?
Sequence of Events 1. Present Essential Question 2. Hold group discussion about Content Questions 3. Ask Gauging Student Needs questions and instructional time 4. Presentation of Maya instructions handout 5. Teach about scientific method 6. Individual research on specific topic 7. Work in small groups to form hypotheses explaining the collapse of the Mayans 8. Group must test and quantify their thesis statements and come to conclusions 9. Presentations 10. Wrap-up discussion 11. Concluding essay
Deep understanding of pitfalls of great societies; own cultural experiences Studying factors of Mayan demise allows insights into own culture’s survival Developing hypothesis after synthesizing group findings Students collaborate and prepare creative/thorough presentation; feedback Teacher-led discussion on factors of demise; essay
Pros ¡ Project focused on technology use ! ¡ Requires synthesis and evaluation ! ¡ Rubrics and assessments are clear and concise ! ¡ Driven by student results ! ¡ Active learning ! ¡ Multidisciplinary!