Who Needs a Holiday? Unit Portfolio Presentation Katherine Gregory Unit Summary We’re going to go back in time! The Commonwealth of Virginia is having a contest: Virginia wants to add a new holiday to the calendar, but doesn’t know who to name it after. Although unable to make a decision, state historians in charge of new holidays have determined that they want the holiday to be named after an American from history who has made important contributions that have changed the lives of Americans. Students will compete against each other by constructing an argument showcasing the Famous American they have chosen to be awarded a holiday! After arguments are given, students will decide by popular vote who is the most important Famous American. Curriculum Framing Questions Essential Questions • How could you change history? • Could you make an important contribution that changes the American Way of Life? Unit Questions • What are contributions? • Why are some contributions throughout history more important than others? • Why are the things people did from long ago still important to us today? Content Questions • How did George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Helen Keller, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King, Jr., help to improve the lives of other Americans? Holiday Winner Selection Project This project will help my students develop 21st century skills by: • • • • • Demonstrating originality and inventiveness in work. Developing and communicating new ideas to others. Being open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives. Exercising sound reasoning in understanding. Framing, analyzing and synthesizing information in order to solve problems and answer questions. • Articulating thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively through speaking and writing. • Working appropriately and productively with others. • Demonstrating diligence and a positive work ethic. Gauging Student Needs Assessment Through brainstorming, writing, and sharing, students and I will work together to assess ongoing needs and progress. Students will take responsibility for keeping track of their work using checklists, and make sure they are meeting their groups needs through the use of a collaboration checklist. Students will reflect on their learning regularly in a learning log, and have opportunities to show what they have found using exit slips. Students will create a final product of a written response and a movie, and all students will write an award letter to the Famous American of their choice, explaining why they have been chosen. Request for Feedback I would love ideas for integrating science, technology, and writing into any portion of the unit.