I am looking for a bit of inspiration! We currently do 6 week homeworks and decided to re jig some of them/replace dull ones. To cut a long story short, this means that in the half term before Christmas we are a bit stuck with what to give the year 9s. The topics they will be studying in class are: womens' suffrage and the rise of Hitler and Stalin (so 1900-1939 ish).
We have tried and failed to come up with a strong task. It shouldn't really be related tightly to something from lessons as otherwise they won't be able to get started in the first week, they'll have to wait until they are taught it, and our tasks currently follow the time period theme and the students work on it independantly. Other tasks that they are doing in the year are : research any aspect of WWII, wider reading, build a model trench, presentations on significant person/event. In year 7 and we do a written 'empathy' task eg Gladiator diary (gladiator and owner POV) and slave diary (slave and owner POV) in this slot, but we were struggling to come up with something for this era that wasn't reliant on being taught in class or would come out with something a little bit dangerous (non-Nazi / Nazi POV!!!) or put off boys from picking History (suffragette/MP POV).
I am very happy to give the students a choice of task for this year group though, as this is something that seems to go down very well with them. It also just needs to be something/someone from this time period that they can write about with empathy.
Edited by Jenjane, 17 July 2012 - 09:25 AM.