ERIC Number: ED173058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Colonial Life. A Visit in Which the Students Meet History, Each Other, and the Community.
Project Adventure, Hamilton, MA.
As part of Project Adventure, a specific unit within a 12-week Colonial History course taught at a Massachusetts high school was designed to: involve students with each other, their community, and local history; add a significant social and experiential dimension to the course; use a unique system of student evaluation and grading; and be reasonably handled by a busy teacher. Teaching the unit involved (1) contacting community resources; (2) writing detailed group assignments; (3) carefully selecting small student groups from divergent social groups; (4) managing the program in class one day per week; and (5) conducting a final all-day field trip. Student evaluation was based primarily on written and oral group reports and on individual quiz performance. Student response to a questionnaire and written opinions of their own efforts and those of others in their group were also considered. Teacher evaluation of the program and elements essential for its success are noted. The appendix contains one-page student assignments focusing on the historical aspects of local cemeteries, churches, and houses; early migration from Massachusetts; Indians of the area; and the seagoing history of Salem, Massachusetts. A cover sheet notes the availability of Project Adventure materials. (SB)
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Affective Objectives, Colonial History (United States), Community Involvement, Community Resources, Community Study, Curriculum Development, Experiential Learning, Field Trips, Grade 10, Grading, Group Activities, High School Students, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Activities, Local History, Outdoor Education, Program Descriptions, Secondary Education, Self Concept, Social Development, Social Studies, Student Evaluation, Teacher Role, Validated Programs
Project Adventure, Box 157, Hamilton, Massachusetts 01936 ($.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Compensatory Education.
Authoring Institution: Project Adventure, Hamilton, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts