Project Based Learning Ideas for 542

I am struggling with my idea for my project based learning experience.  I am looking at doing project based learning with either Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian or Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. I want to do some sort of PBL with respect to the greater themes or ideas in the novel. I teach English to academically at risk ninth grade students.  I want to pick something that will be meaningful to them and relate to the unit of study.


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Ideas:

state of education in low income areas (disparities among schools in different areas-can it be fixed?)

The treatment of Indigenous People

To Kill a Mockingbird Ideas:

Justice system in America (problems and solutions)

Teaching compassion to children

Ways to better the community


The state of education idea, the ways to better the community idea, and the justice system idea could apply to both novels.

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