ALEX Learning Activity

  

Let's Take a Trip to Your Museum- A Virtual Museum Research Project

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Charissa Lambert
System:Calhoun County
School:Wellborn High School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2366
Title:
Let's Take a Trip to Your Museum- A Virtual Museum Research Project
Digital Tool/Resource:
Virtual Museum PowerPoint
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

Knowing students learn most effectively when relevant and authentic learning opportunities such as field trips are provided, this activity challenges students to research introductory information as assigned to produce a virtual museum. Students will work collaboratively to produce such and will present to their peers in order for all students to “travel” to each other’s museums. This activity allows students to take ownership of their learning by determining the significant details of their assigned topic.  

This resource was created as a part of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 9
26 ) Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation. [W.9-10.7]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.9.26- Ask and answer questions about a research topic, including the use of two sources.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 10
28 ) Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; and integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation. [W.9-10.8]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 11
22 ) Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 19-21 above.) [W.11-12.4]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 11
25 ) Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation. [W.11-12.7]

Learning Objectives:

Students will conduct a short research project in order to be introduced to a topic for further study in class. 

Students will produce clear and concise writing samples on their virtual museums to present to classmates for them to “travel” to the museum. 

Students will gather relevant information based upon their assigned topics and synthesize information from a variety of sources. 

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
Before/Engage
Activity:

The students will create a Virtual Museum using the template provided.  Teachers will divide students into teams of four to six "curators" to create a virtual museum on the topic the teacher wants to introduce (historical period, literary period, biographical information, etc.). Students will present the completed museums to the class in order to share their researched findings.  

Suggested topics to be included for museum rooms:

A.) Photographic/Descriptive Timeline of Key Events

B.) Relevant court cases

C.) Biographies and photos of major historical figures or authors

D.) Advertisements

E.) Works of Art, music, or written expression

This activity is most effective for students and teachers considering that all students do not have the same access to actual field trips.  This is a way to allow students to conduct research while also providing relevant experiences.  

Assessment Strategies:

Students will be assessed based upon the final product of a virtual museum. The teacher should ensure sufficient information is provided from research. Students will be required to present their virtual museum to their classmates requiring students to be certain their writing meets the conventions of standard English. 


Advanced Preparation:

Teachers will need to determine the topics on which students should focus. After doing so, teachers should try to give students an example of sites to visit in order to ensure they are researching quality information. 

Variation Tips (optional):
 
Notes or Recommendations (optional):
 
  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: collaborative groups, introduction, Research, writing