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Am I My Brother or Sister’s Keeper?
Envision Schools
Beginner

English Language Arts
Social Studies

Students will write an essay answering, “How can the examination of the past inform us about our present lives and what our responsibility is toward one another?”  To do this they will identify the themes (examples include: Dehumanization, Resistance, Choice, Faith, Hope, Social Responsibility, Identity, Relationships, etc…) that they feel are most worth exploring in greater depth and examines them in detail.

Common Core Standards

Banned in America!!!
Envision Schools
Beginner

English Language Arts
Social Studies

Students were asked to assess the role of censorship in American society through a study of banned books in America. Students engaged in reading a banned book, writing a persuasive essay, and participated in a mock trial around issues of censorship.

Common Core Standards

California Propositions
Envision Schools
Experienced

Arts
English Language Arts
Social Studies

Follow the entire project cycle as students at the Metropolitan Arts & Technology High School create their own ad campaigns based on California Propositions.

Common Core Standards

California, Who Are You?
Envision Schools
Beginner

Science

Students explored different issues affecting California’s geology and environment through a group inquiry project. In lieu of writing an essay, students translated the essay format into a script for a Public Service Announcement (PSA), and then students worked to find and create images for the PSA after a discussion around persuasive tactics.

Can We Overcome Racism?
Envision Schools
Beginner

English Language Arts
Social Studies

Students generated their own questions about the history of South Africa. These questions guided the activities and smaller projects leading up to the culminating exhibition, where students researched and presented their answer to their question in a powerpoint presentation.

Common Core Standards

Climate Change
Envision Schools
Beginner

Science
Social Studies

Students study energy transfer and biomes in science, and look at the history of industrialization in specific developed and developing countries.  This project is an exploration of climate and weather, the factors that lead to climate change, how industrialization has affected climate, and how countries are responding to climate concerns and industrial development.

Comparatively Speaking
Envision Schools
Beginner

Arts
English Language Arts
Social Studies
World Languages

Upper Division students prepared for a talkshow exhibition about the experience of slavery and civil war through various viewpoints. Students were required to compare an aspect of slavery/civil war in America and in a Spanish-speaking country.

Common Core Standards

Does History Repeat Itself?
Envision Schools
Experienced

Arts
English Language Arts
Social Studies

Through writing and recording an audio commentary,students will answer the question: Does History Repeat Itself? Teams will examine the roles of upstanders and bystanders during the Holocaust and relate them to another historical or present day event. In addition, students will create a unique visual art piece related to your commentary.

Common Core Standards

Greenbacks or Greenspace
Envision Schools
Beginner

Math

Students use matrices and linear algebra to develop a recommendation for the mayor of San Francisco of how to best use 550 acres of donated land for either recreation or development. Recommendations must adhere to constraints and improvement costs given by the city council for each type of land use.

Common Core Standards

Holocaust and Genocide Exhibition
Envision Schools
Experienced

Arts
English Language Arts
Science
Social Studies
World Languages

For this large scale project, students transformed City Arts and Technology HS into a multi-media museum dedicated to the memory and lessons of the Holocaust.  Each group was responsible for creating and implementing a thematic, historical and relevant exhibit that explores some aspect of genocide and the notion of human choice and responsibility in the face of unimaginable circumstances.

Macbeth
Envision Schools
Experienced

Arts
English Language Arts

In preparation for exhibition, students interpret a scene from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, write a script, shoot, edit and produce a video that captures their understanding of status roles in the play.

Common Core Standards

Metaphor Machines
Envision Schools
Beginner

Arts
English Language Arts
Science
Social Studies

This project explores, through artistic expression, the connections between changes both physical and social, through the lens of every class available.  Metaphor Machines are constructed, filmed, and presented at a semester Exhibition.

Common Core Standards

Mythbusters: A Scientific Inquiry Project
Envision Schools
Beginner

Arts
Math
Science

Students choose a myth to prove or disprove using scientific and problem solving means.  The catch is that they have to follow the same process used in the Discovery Channel’s popular Mythbusters show and the myth cannot already have been used or tested on the show.

Mythology Mastery
Envision Schools
Beginner

English Language Arts
Social Studies

Students explored the founding stories of Ancient Greek Mythology.  They were asked to select a creative product from a menu of four choices that they were to complete in the small groups and present to an audience.

Common Core Standards

Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere
Envision Schools
Beginner

Arts
English Language Arts
Science

It was important to use the language of Physics as a metaphor in this project. As students travel the corridors of this novel they look at the ‘physics’ and forces at play in their own lives.

Common Core Standards

Othello: From Page to Stage
Envision Schools
Beginner

Arts
English Language Arts
Social Studies

After students read and analyzed Othello through discussion and a written debate, they demonstrated that they deeply understood the literary elements (characters, theme, setting, plot, etc.), the language, and the historical significance of Shakespeare and Othello by creating a production notebook and performing a monologue.

Common Core Standards

Rube Goldberg Project
Envision Schools
Beginner

Science

Students will build a Rube Goldberg Machine (by definition, “of, relating to, or being a contrivance that brings about by complicated means what apparently could have been accomplished simply….”) and explain the phyics of motion in that machine.

The Immigrant’s Song
Envision Schools
Beginner

English Language Arts
Social Studies

Students created an evening of oral and digital storytelling. The student performances and projections, taken together, ‘sang the song’ or told the story of immigration in America as seen through the eyes of immigrants today.

Common Core Standards

The Odyssey Mosaic Retelling
Envision Schools
Beginner

Arts
English Language Arts
Social Studies

Students will split up the important plot events of the entire Odyssey, analyze their parts closely, and then create pieces of art that retell these parts of The Odyssey in whatever way the students are inspired.  In the end, the class will assemble all its artistic retellings into a mosaic for an evening presentation of The Odyssey to the school community.

Common Core Standards

The Tempest
Envision Schools
Beginner

Arts
English Language Arts
World Languages

Students chose a scene from the Tempest, translated it into their own language and created a video of their scene.  As an essentially colonial play, “The Tempest” was read in parallel with a study of colonialism in the Congo.

Common Core Standards

Watershed Project
Envision Schools
Experienced

Arts
Science

Marin School of Arts and Technology students evaluate the health of their local watershed by studying a small creek that runs through the campus.

Who Am I?
Envision Schools
Beginner

English Language Arts
Social Studies

Students wrote a chapter in their memoirs about something that was important in their lives.  They then created a digital book that included their memoir as well as their personal philosophy that they wrote in World History.

Common Core Standards