This week we moved to the "What was 7th grade like?" On Monday, students got a brief overview of this project. Then we started to talk about essential questions that this project would try to answer. Students will be creating one more, but here are the ones we came up with:
1. What does a historian do and how do they do it?
2. How has life and culture changed since your parent (s) were in middle school?
Student then brainstormed ideas and topic about life: Home, school, discipline, technology, friends, relationships, teachers, sports, behavior, fears, hopes, dreams, tv, movies, and much more was on the board. Then students were to use these topics to create 20 opened questions to use for the interview that will take place late this week or early next week.
On Tuesday, we shared our 20 questions and talked about what made a good question for the interview. Students were encouraged to add new questions or change question they to make them more effective. After this we discussed some slang of the 1970 and 1980's. They enjoyed this.
For homework on Tuesday, there were asked to find five events from the decade their parent was in middle school. First they should ask you, and if you don't remember, they might check out this website: http://kclibrary.lonestar.edu/decades.html
Below is a copy of the directions for this project. Student have not gotten this yet, but it provide an overview of the whole project.