Project: History Quest

Teacher: Jeffrey Rezac
School: Highland Park High School
Location: Topeka, Kansas USA
Start Date: 04/12/2010
End Date: 05/12/2010
Project Plan
Unique Requests of
Participating Mentors:

We would like mentors to have interest in history, especially related to the Cold War era: civil rights and Vietnam War. Mentors will help students with research, essay writing, PowerPoint, and Excel. Mentors will be working with a variety of learning levels and a low level of preexisting content and computer knowledge. Mentors will participate in the grading of outcomes using the rubrics provided by the teacher.


This project is for mentors interested in history, related to modern events of the Cold War and Civil Rights. Students will be studying history by completing 3 mini projects: Historical Figure Question & Answer, Tracing a World Event, and Time line using MS Excel. Mentors will assist students in the 3 mini projects and also be involved in the grading process using rubric created by the teacher.


1. US History Curriculum Benchmark #3 - students use a working knowledge and understanding of individuals, groups, ideas, developments, and turning points in the era of the Cold War and Civil Rights Movement 2. Technology & Communication Skills 3. Research & Writing Skills 4. Cooperation & Independent Study Skills



Grade Level:


Content Area:

US History

Student Outcomes:

1. Student/Mentor Messages 2. Writing Component (Historical Figure Q&A) 3. Tracing a World Event 4. Time line using MS Excel

Evaluation of
Student Outcomes:

A separate rubric for each project component for Teacher and for Mentor for evaluation Quantity and quality of messages with mentors

Teacher Role:

1. Teaching curriculum 2. Facilitate cooperation between participants 3. Grade outcomes

Mentor Role:

1. Assist students with research and citation procedures 2. Send messages to students 3. Participate in the grading of outcomes using Rubric for teachers benefit