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  1. 1. Lauren Sandler<br />EDUC 515<br />The Family Tree Project<br />
  2. 2. Type of Learning<br />The Family Tree Project is an exercise in constructivism<br />
  3. 3. Why a Family Tree Project?<br />The purpose of this assignment:<br />1. To help students learn that America is politically, economically, ethnically & culturally a “nation of immigrants”<br />2. To discover why members of a student’s family came to America and what made them leave their homeland<br />
  4. 4. Assignment Details<br />1. Choose one country your family originally came from (If your family came from more than one country then decide which one country you want to do the project on)<br />2. Interview a family member who had been born in the country you chose and emigrated to America<br />3. Create a family tree dating as far back as your ancestors who were American immigrants<br />Include the following into your family tree:<br />A. Names of ancestors<br />B. Date of Birth<br />C. Country they immigrated from<br />D. Photographs if available<br />
  5. 5. 4. Create a Power Point presentation on your country & family member of choice<br />Include the following in your presentation:<br />A. The country you are doing the presentation on<br />B. Some informational facts about that country, including:<br />1. The capital<br />2. Local cuisine<br />3. Popular culture (sports, music, television, famous personalities, etc)<br />4. The history of the country from time period when your family member immigrated to America<br />4. The political system of the country<br />C. What had made your family member decide to come to America<br />D. How immigrating to America affected the family<br />E. The type of customs, dress, religion & music they brought over from their country of origin<br />
  6. 6. Grading of the Project<br />The length of the presentation should be 10 to 15 minutes long<br />The family tree will be worth 40 points<br />Grading for this is as follows:<br />Must be eye-catching (use pictures or drawings)<br />Must be spelled correctly<br />The Power Point presentation will be worth 60 points<br />Grading for this is as follows:<br />The country of origin (5 points)<br />Informational facts about the country (15 points)<br />What made the ancestor come to America (15 points)<br />What the ancestor brought over from their country of origin (15 points)<br />The inclusion of pictures, video or sound clips (10 points)<br />
  7. 7. Project Benefits<br />This assignment will benefit you in numerous ways<br />It is a resource that you can use throughout the school year<br />Immigration to America is a major part of U.S. history<br />Students will be able to discover their roots by learning about their family’s past<br />An unknown benefit is that the student would have more pride in their immigration roots and family background<br />
  8. 8. Learner-Centered Activity<br />It’s time for you to do a bit of online research on your family’s country of origin<br />Take about 5 minutes to look up the following about your country<br />The capital city<br />The local cuisine<br />Popular culture <br />Then meet with two or three people who have chosen a different country than you to discuss what you have learned about your country of origin<br />
  9. 9. Bibliography<br />The Educator’s Reference Desk (http://ericir.syr.edu/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Social_Studies/US_History/USH0009.html) <br />

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