Fun Research Assignment idea to share
Date: February 18, 2016
My HS Chamber Singers has started "It was a Lover and his Lass" by Morley, text by Shakespeare. I had a sub for the last half of my class period so I gave my choir a very quick research project using their iPads (yes, all of my students have them). I split them up into 10 groups (3-4 per group) and had them number themselves 1-10 (before showing the research topics). I then projected these assignments on the screen and each group did one presentation. They only had about 20 minutes to prepare before the end of class. The next class meeting I gave them 10 minutes prep and then each group gave their presentation. We all learned a lot (especially me!) and they really bought into the process. We didn't take it too seriously (yet I did give them a group grade) and it was a good way for them to work with a sub for a short time. Obviously, they needed iPads or computers to make this work but you could also take a class to a library or computer lab for the project. I'll definitely do this again with other historical songs.