Classroom Resources:
Longterm Projects

Take the plunge and commit to one of these exciting long-term projects designed to teach students to embrace community and discover their place in it.
  • 30 Day Journal: The events of September 11th have truly shocked and amazed the American public. Students are bewildered and like the rest of America are trying to make sense of this national tragedy. This assignment attempts to help students understand and deal with the national disaster through the collection of primary sources, writing and reflecting.

  • House and Home: By completing a reader’s log for House on Mango Street and writing a 500 word essay emulating the style of the first chapter, students will be exposed to the universitality of the concept of home and "place," its value in our society, and the power of writing as a bridge between life and literature.

  • Student/Teacher: Using Student-Generated Writing Prompts: Let your students get the ball rolling each day with this creative alternative to the same old writing prompts.

Some whole courses and extended units, at different grade levels and in different subject areas, have been developed around the KCAC framework. Click below for some examples to explore.

Some teachers and teams of teachers have combined strategies for developing curriculum with community outreach projects. Click below for some examples to explore.

· Team Study of a City Landmark: Dave Winter's students at Wheeler High School collaborated to uncover the lost history of the CNN Center in Atlanta, which was originally designed as an indoor theme park.

· School-to-School Connections through Drama: Mimi Dyer's students at Kennesaw Mountain High School created a play about the Cherokee Removal and performed it for several classes of elementary students.

· Building Connections to Research Rural History: Peggy Corbett's students drew on community resources for collaborative study of their region's rural heritage.

· Cross-Level Writing Contest and Performances: Members of the KCAC Georgia team collaborated with other National Writing Project teacher consultants to sponsor a writing contest and turn the winning entries into dramatic performance pieces.

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