Thursday, December 6, 2012

People Posters

They've done it again.  I had an idea for a project to do during our study of The Great Gatsby and after working out the details and bouncing ideas off of my husband, I presented it to my seniors and, admittedly, wasn't sure how it was going to work out.  But I needn't have worried.  The posters were exactly what I envisioned - and then some!

The idea was to have students investigate the history behind some of the biggest multi-millionaires our country has seen, considering the old money and new wealth from Gatsby. Each did a different subject, then had to display their findings on a presentation board. Topics included biography, timeline, assets and fortune, philanthropy, legacy, pictures and a wordle display.

Reflecting on the rubric itself, I will probably make some adjustments considering some posters are embellished with lots of craft materials and others are pretty bare. But there was not lack of effort and interest. It was great to hear students comparing notes, assisting with online work, and sharing materials.

So proud of my kids for being such great guinea pigs.  The slideshow here displays pictures (I apologize for some blurriness!) of the projects and I hope to revisit this next year.