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Problem Project

Marshall Thomas
Broward County Schools


Students will utilize their various skills in this project to assist them in reaching a solution to a problem or area of concern to them.


The student locates, gathers, analyzes, and evaluates written information for a variety of purposes, including research projects, real-world tasks, and self-improvement.

The student produces final documents that have been edited for: correct spelling; correct punctuation, including commas, colons, and common use of semicolons; correct capitalization; correct sentence formation; correct instances of possessives, subject/verb agreement, instances of noun/pronoun agreement, and the intentional use of fragments for effect; and correct formatting that appeals to readers, including appropriate use of a variety of graphics, tables, charts, and illustrations in both standard and innovative forms.




1. Become familiar with the checklist
2. Teachers should also schedule in one day for media center usage.


1. Introduce students to project by telling them that this assignment provides them with the opportunity to explore areas of their interests.

2. Assign teams of 3-4 members.

3. Explain to students that they are a member of a team which is faced with either an educational, economical, or social problem that affects a large number of people; e.g., hunger, sexual participation, drug usage, etc.

4. Students are to identify, explain, and analyze a problem.

5. They then have to develop, create, or generate a solution or possible solution.

6. Give them the due dates.

7. Explain and discuss the assessment checklist. (see the associated file)

8. Allow students to collaborate and brainstorm
topics of their interests in their groups.

9. Students will then need to select a topic and provide it to the teacher.

10. Students will present their projects to the class.

11. Evaluate projects based on assessment checklist.

12. Review and discuss assignment with students after every group has presented its project.


Teacher observation is one assessment method. Circulate and offer feedback as students are working. Watch to see that students stay on task and are discussing and searching for information based on the criteria in the checklist. Additionally, students will be formatively assessed on their final products using the checklist, however, don't wait until the presentation to offer feedback and suggestions for students.

Attached Files

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