Project: Latin America Immersion

Teacher: Mary Barela
School: Preston Middle School
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado USA
Start Date: 01/24/2013
End Date: 05/20/2013
Project Plan
Unique Requests of
Participating Mentors:

We are especially interested in working with mentors interested in helping a student develop his/her view of the world. American students tend to have a very small view of the world with a limited understanding of the bigger picture and how they might fit in that picture. Of particular interest would be to enable students to see the world from a new, broader perspective and for them to be able to reflect on their new understanding of the world by the project's end.

Description:

Students will team with mentors to research and explore a Latin American country. 1. Determine the country on which to focus. 2. Develop questions to ask the mentors. 3. Gather and organize the information from the mentors. 4. Collaborating with the mentors, create a presentation about the country.

Benchmarks:

The effective use of cognitive processes to generate and link knowledge across the disciplines and in a variety of contexts. The process of identifying, locating, selecting, and using resource tools to help in analyzing, synthesizing, and communicating information. The identification and employment of appropriate tools, techniques, and technologies are essential to all learning processes. Students locate, select, and synthesize information from a variety of texts, media, references, and technological sources to acquire and communicate knowledge. Use available technology to produce, revise, and publish a final presentation. Cite references using various formats (e.g., end notes, bibliography)

Duration:

24

Grade Level:

6

Content Area:

Geography

Student Outcomes:

Student will learn about a Latin American country by developing in-depth interview questions which help them develop a complex understanding of the country and the region. Student will work in collaborative groups with other students who are studying countries in the same region to examine differences and similarities within the regions (ie: geographical, historical, cultural, etc). Student will seek out connections (cultural, economic, etc.) between our "small" corner of the world and the country they are studying. Student will create a presentation to share significant learnings and connections. Throughout the project, student will reflect on the development of his/her global mindedness.

Evaluation of
Student Outcomes:

Student will create a presentation reflecting what was learned about the country and the region. Student will complete periodic self-evaluative surveys, intended to rate the qualities of a "global thinker."

Teacher Role:

Teacher will aid student in choosing a Latin American country to research. Teacher will lead inquiry-based lessons intended to enhance student curiosities regarding Latin America. Teacher will instruct students in research process (ie: determining importance, paraphrasing, citing sources, etc). Teacher will group students by regional areas to facilitate discussions and explorations. Teacher will evaluate student presentations.

Mentor Role:

Mentor will aid students in developing an understanding of Latin American countries and in increasing his/her global mindedness. Mentor will answer interview questions as informatively as possible and offer suggestions for students to do further research and information gathering. Mentor will encourage student completion of project goals and edit student work before it is published. Mentor will also try to push student thinking, help students become more reflective in their thinking, and communicate with the teacher when the process is both going well and when additional assistance is needed.