Lesson Plan

PBL from Educurious: Mining Personal Histories

Project Based Learning App Flow Ideas for Mining Personal Histories Free Unit from Educurious
Susan M.
Blended Learning Coach
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts

Students will be able to...

  • Analyze nonfiction texts and videos
  • Use digital media and platforms to communicate, interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others using a variety of digital environments and media.
  • Participate effectively in a range of collaborated discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) 
  • Draft and revise a various different writing pieces utlizing the writing process.
  • Create audio or video short effectively communicating impact of force on person 
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 6 – 10
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1 Research

For students to solve problems and engage in project-based learning, they need to learn several skill sets. One of the most important skills to learn is the ability to curate and research material and then to analyze and evaluate the information. For Educurious PBL's, research is an essential component. 

Teach and Practice:

  • How to Google Search, advanced search, keywords.
  • How to curate and bookmark using Diigo and/or Evernote (or other platform of choice).
  • How to analyze nonfiction text and annotate/highlight (Evernote and Diigo both have tools)


2 Discussion

Students need to learn to discuss in both online and real communities. One method is to teach Socratic Seminar. Another is to teach online discussions using platforms like Collaborize Classroom or Moot. 


  • Strategies and structure for discussions. (I Do)
  • Model and guided practice (We Do)
  • On their own (You Do)


3 Writing Process

In order to produce authentic work for Mining Personal Stories, students need to practice and engage in the writing process. Google Docs provides a great platform for all stages of the writing process, as well as opportunity for collaborative writing and feedback (comments). Students can track their revision history as well. 

Teachers can use Blendspace as a blended learning platform to teach mini-lessons for writing. 

4 Product: Photo/Video Documentary

Two products in this learning unit include both a photo documentary and a video documentary. Students can produce both using a basic production process. Students could also create podcasts or audio tracks with Garage Band or Audacity. Any photo or video editor would also work, as long as it gives enough options and is not to drag and drop. 


  • Develop Concept 
  • Pre-Interviews
  • Write Script (Writing Process)
  • Research
  • Storyboarding


  • Interviews
  • Gather B-roll
  • Record Voice Over
  • Create Music


  • Edit 
  • Feedback
  • Graphics

Students can upload final products to YouTube or Vimeo and distribute to audience. They can also write blog posts and include their product, as well as plan exhibitions such as a film festival.