Project Based Learning


Project-Based Learning and the Research Paper

Students take responsibility for their learning and develop solutions for complex problems when their research paper becomes a PBL unit.By Brandie ProvenzanoNovember 26, 2018

In 11th grade, students in my county are expected to generate a research paper or product. In the past, I stuck to the traditional paper, mostly because doing so was comfortable for me as an English teacher. I can do papers. I can do essays. I can provide feedback and teach revision.

However, last year I took a risk—instead of the traditional paper, I told my students we would be embarking on a project-based learning (PBL) journey. They seemed excited, mostly because they thought they wouldn’t have to write a paper. In the end, they did so much more than that.

Kira Retana