PBL - Exceptional Entry Events, Tantalizing Titles and Dynamic Driving Questions


Creating an exceptional entry event is essential in stimulating your students' curiosity and beginning the inquiry process. But what constitutes an exceptional entry event?

  • A tantalizing title draws attention to the project. But what is a good tantalizing title?

  • The driving question keeps inquiry going. But what is a good driving question?

  • Finding field experts gives authenticity to the project. But who is a good field expert for your project?

  • Using a variety of student-created products provides evidence of student learning. But what products do you use?

  • Here are some ideas to get you started.


Grade

Topic (Start with the End in Mind)

Exceptional Entry Event

Tantalizing Title

Dynamic Driving Question

Experts

Products

Elementary
China: Understanding the Economic, Political and Social Impact of the Silk Road on the People of its Time.
Letter: Wu DI's letter

Secrets of The Silk Road
How can we increase our understanding of the Silk Road appreciate the culture of ancient Asia?
Experts from the China Society
google map of Silk Road, podcasts, journal entries, images of key people, charts
Middle School
US Government: Understanding the Bill of Rights
Letter: John Adams' letter to Washington and Jefferson suggesting that the Bill of Rights include an article that frees the slaves.

The Bill of Rights Frees the Slaves!
How can we increase our appreciation of personal freedom by studying the Bill of Rights?
Experts from National Archives, NY Supreme Court Judges, Law professors, NYC Historical Society, the Library of Man
Handbills (fliers), podcasts, (public service announcement, radio commercial, interview), dramatic reenactment
Middle School
US Government: Understanding the Bill of Rights
Letter: Actual text of Abigail Adams' letter to John Adams, requesting that he include woman's suffrage in the US Constitution.

The Bill of Rights Gives Women the Right to Vote!
How can we increase our appreciation of personal freedom by studying the Bill of Rights?
Experts on Women's Suffrage from the National Archives,
Handbills (fliers), podcasts, (public service announcement, radio commercial, interview), dramatic reenactment
MIddle School
US Government: Understanding How Laws Protect the People
Sentence Strips: Students are given the names, age, occupation and date of death of 12 victims. They then brainstorm about what the names have in common. A "T" chart is used. Based on their observations, they begin to explore the tragedy.
Fire! How Tragedy Sparked the Great Revolt for Workers' Rights
How can we build a society that protects its weakest members?
Ruth Spiegel, http://rememberthetrianglefire.org/

Cornell ILC's site
http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/trianglefire