Researching in Sociology, Popping Up in World History, and Folding in English

I took the Labor Day Holiday off to spend with family. We went into the city (which here means Atlanta) cooked out, and played a new game called “Seven Wonders.” It was a great family weekend.

But my mind always wanders back to my classes.

My sociology students completed and presented their research projects before we went away for the holiday. They conducted experiments or surveys, reviewed research literature, and presented their findings to the class in the form of Prezis, PowerPoints, and videos.

Some of them (and they got really excited about this) performed ethnomethodology (or breaching) experiments. They behaved unexpectedly in  social situations. Some rode tricycles around campus; others stood on chairs and read in the media center; still others breached proximity (stood too closely to others in an elevator–pretended to be on the yearbook staff, and took extreme close-ups).

Still others conducted surveys. They were searching out people’s tendency to conform or their ideals of beauty.

Whatever they did, they had a blast, and took a lot of pride in their research. It was fun to watch it all unfold. You can get my editable research handouts for free here:

Sociological Research
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In world history, my students were very concerned that I took up their interactive notebooks today. They really seem to be taking pride in these, and they want them back NOW! What they don’t know is that I have a surprise in store for them for the next unit on the middle ages (I will post the entire interactive notebook this weekend in my TPT store). Manorial System Pop-Ups….You can get the pop-ups here:

Middle Ages Manor Pop Ups
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I’m also slowly but surely posting all of my materials from my years as an English teacher. My latest two include foldables, graphic organizers, and examples. I never have assigned anything to my students without doing it first myself. So, if it’s a descriptive narrative, I’ve gone through the process and written one. The same goes for short stories and everything else. You can check them out here:

Descriptive Narrative: Better Writing through Sentence Imitation
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The Elements of Plot
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Have you ever done an amazing research project with your students? Leave a comment below, and let me know.

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