Saturday, September 16, 2017

USA, Philippines complete Louisiana Purchase PBL

As a contribution of the English Department of Alternative Education Center (AEC), Odessa, TX to the school's first school-wide project-based learning (PBL) activity for the school year 2017-2018, members of the International Junior Writers Club from Odessa, TX and Dapitan City, Philippines completed a PBL activity called Louisiana Purchase on August 28-September 1, 2017. AEC students acted as historians tasked by the Louisiana State Museum to revisit researches or studies about Louisiana Purchase as a basis for the creation of a new Louisiana Purchase model to be displayed in the museum. Their Philippine learning partners acted as artists creating the model. 

After researching about Louisiana Purchase from their History, Science, Math, and Elective Courses, AEC students in their English class consolidated and analyzed their findings using graphic organizers and depth and complexity icons, wrote a report, and presented the report to the class. Philippine students, under the guidance of Mr. Araibo D. Elumba, US Embassy's Access Program teacher, created posters based on the researched information about Louisiana Purchase. Aside from using the posters to complete the PBL, Philippine students used the artwork for their editorial cartooning activity as they studied American history and culture.