I made exciting progress on my goals this week as I developed a PBL lesson plan.
I am collaborating with colleagues through a wiki we developed together to share and improve on PBL activities for our students. My author study lesson plan requires students to utilize online resources to learn about an author and to communicate with other students.
Students will then create their own wiki pages about their authors' biographies and texts. This is what I have so far:
Problem Based Learning Activity: Fantasy Author Study
Students will read at least two novels by an author they choose from our Fantasy Reading List.
Students will read biographical information about their author from at least two web sites on our Author Resource List.
Students will email their author, comment on their author’s blog, or participate in an online dialogue about their author and his or her work.
Students will create a wiki page describing their author’s life and works through text and visual images.
Students will invite other fans to submit a response to our class wiki, What We Read, as a way to collaborate with peers with diverse perspectives.
Fantasy Reading List
Unicorn Chronicles #1: Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville
Unicorn Chronicles #2: Song of the Wanderer by Bruce Coville
Unicorn Chronicles #3: Dark Whispers by Bruce Coville
Unicorn Chronicles #4: The Last Hunt by Bruce Coville
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
Author Resource List
"The Official Bruce Coville Homepage":
"Bruce Coville": http://www.kidsreads.com/authors/au-coville-bruce.asp
"Q & A with Bruce Coville": http://onourmindsatscholastic.blogspot.com/2010/06/q-with-bruce-coville-author-and-merman.html
Lois Lowry’s blog: http://loislowry.typepad.com/lowry_updates/
Lois Lowry’s biography: http://www.loislowry.com/bio.html
Lois Lowry’s biography: http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/contributor.jsp?id=3326
J. K. Rowling
“Official Site”: http://www.jkrowling.com/accessible/en/
“About the Author”: http://www.kidsreads.com/hp07/content/rowling.asp
Please visit our wiki at http://learningprojectbasedlearning.pbworks.com/w/page/33041512/Front-Page to check out my colleagues' PBL plans, too.