Tag: English

PBL Essentials The Manual Cinema Project

In the Manual Cinema Project students made Cinematic Shadow Plays that use old-fashioned overhead projectors to tell stories about local historical landmarks that students researched for another project earlier in the year. The inspiration for this project is rooted in the collaborative methods developed by the Chicago-based performance collective called Manual Cinema.       Key … Continued


Opening Shot of Documentary - student talking to camera in Yosemite

PBL Essentials The Story of You and Your Crew

In The Story of You and Your Crew students explored how to best build community in small groups through observation, reflection, documentation, and strategic planning. Academic Skills and Content: students learn storytelling techniques through the use of storyboards, script writing and technology integration.  Students also developed collaboration skills as well as skills in leadership and … Continued


Student working on painting

PBL Essentials Project ME

In Project Me students drew upon the notion of street art as an unsanctioned form of visual art displayed to make a statement about the community in which an artist lives, exploring their individual identities and experimenting with various media to create original street art. Facilitated by language arts, math, and digital media arts teachers, … Continued


PBL Essentials Water Woes

In the Water Woes Project, Davis Middle School students investigated local drinking water quality, after learning that local residents complained of brown, smelly water coming from their taps.  These teachers and students investigated this as a project in their 7th grade Science, English, and History classes. Academic Skills and Content: Proper scientific data collection and … Continued


student posing next to the food she made for exhibition

PBL Essentials Celebrating Culture Through Food

In the “Celebrating Culture through Food” project Students created a cookbook with other classmates with recipes that were derived from their own culture. Each recipe showed the correct proportions in order to feed a crowd. Students connected with the history and culture of the food, studying its nutritional values and its physical and mental effects … Continued