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FREE - Project Based Learning Planner- Digital and Paper/Pencil

Have an idea for an online or hands on project? Empower your students while they meet academic standards with Project Based Learning.

Let this PBL unit planner help you channel your ideas into a curriculum unit that meets authentic needs with real student-created digital or physical products for an authentic audience.

Presented in three formats for your versatile use- Microsoft Word, a fillable Word form and Google Docs- this planner covers all aspects of your PBL project, from basic idea to assessment to timeline for implementation.

The first section, Overview, begins with your general ideas. It will help you consider the best product your students could produce, who might be involved, the time you can invest in the project, and how it will meet academic standards.

The second section, Drilling Down, offers questions to guide planning the research and resources needed for the final product, possible differentiation elements, funding sources, and assessment.

Timeline, the final section, walks you through making a calendar for your PBL unit.

Once you try PBL, you will use the questions and concepts in this planner over and over to create meaningful and lasting projects that build and honor agency in your students' academic work.

Category: ELA → Strategies
Price: $0.00

This lesson plan costs $0.00

About the Teacher


Barbara Miller

I have taught English/Language Arts for over twenty years to remedial through gifted students from 7th to 12th grade, AP/dual credit university courses in three corporations and at one university. During my career, I have supervised and taught several student teachers and numerous pre-service teachers. Project Based Learning and choices that fit or extend learning styles and intelligences make my classroom activities engaging for students and filled with opportunities for academic growth. Many teacher professional development programs have supported my work. I hold an M.A. in Education and an Indiana High Ability Teaching License, am a Teacher Consultant for Indiana Writing Project, and have participated in many educator programs sponsored by the Lilly Endowment, National Consortium for the Teaching of Asia, National Endowment for the Humanities, US Department of State, Korea Academy for Educators, and Toyota International Teachers, among others. Additionally, I have been awarded many grants for classroom and school-wide projects, ranging from hundreds of dollars to $250,000. In addition, I have conducted professional development on writing workshop and differentiation in my own school, at conferences and events, and at schools in Peru and India. I am currently writing about my ancestors who taught Freedmen after the Civil War.


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