Generally, when I make a new resource, I only announce it to the AP Biology Teacher Community. For some reason or other, I finally realized that I can post them here, too, with minimum effort. So, here's the first "Project Post", which is the verbatim text of the post made to the Teacher Community: I had a nice discussion with AP today, where I explained the variety of "silly" organelle projects that I have done in previous years:
- Organelle campaign posters
- Organelle Craigs List Ads
- Organelle Facebook Profiles
- Organelle Amazon Product Reviews
After discussing how each of these projects are functionally the same to my instructional purpose (what I will refer to as "let's fool around with organelles"), I let them vote on the one they wanted to do this year. Campaign posters won. So I wrote it up: http://goo.gl/4arbK0
I broadened it a bit. Groups of two or three students. A pair has to make a poster and do one of three "free choice" activities. Groups of three have to do the poster and two of the three free choice.
The poster is pretty self-explanatory.
The free choice activities include:
- A 30 second campaign ad (posted to YouTube).
- A Campaign twitter feed (stolen almost whole-cloth from Brad Graba's inspirational #organelleWars project)
- An Op. Ed. on the topic of their choice from the perspective of their organelle
I'll assign it tomorrow, and I imagine they'll want until 11/18 or so to work on it. Should be exactly what I want it to be.