As we kick off February, this week’s post is going to be just like the month itself- short and sweet! It is a follow-up to one of my previous posts on American Heroes Close Reading and Opinion Writing.
I always give my students a project to conclude our unit on American Heroes. It’s standards-based and it’s fun! Two of the things I want most in a project.
The kids get to choose their own American hero to research and write about. The writing part of the project requires them to use non-fiction text or online sources to answer questions in complete sentences:
The kids also do an oral presentation in front of the class where they speak from their hero’s point of view. Here’s the part they really love- they get to dress in costume as their hero for the presentation! Here are some of my kids from past years:
Yes, that’s Oprah in the bottom left hand corner. Not someone we read about in our Social Studies text, but when my student asked permission I just couldn’t say no. As long as those reading, writing, and listening & speaking standards are being met, right?
Here is the grading rubric I use for their writing and oral presentations:
I’ve continued to do this project year after year, especially after tweaking it a few years ago to fit the Common Core standards. This resource includes pages that list the standards covered for first, second, and third grade. Here is the page I use for second grade:
When my class talks about our favorite memories at the end of the school year, the kids always bring up the hero project as something they’ll remember.
If you’re interested in doing this project with your class, the parent instructions (preview available in TPT listing) and grading rubrics for the project are available right here. If you’d like to bundle and save with some additional resources (such as my Close Reading & Opinion Writing and Final Draft Paper for American Heroes), you can also find it in my American Heroes Bundle.
And that’s a wrap on American Heroes!