Creator: Shawn McCusker (@shawnmccusker)
Suggested Grade Level: High School
Subject Area: History/ Social Studies
Rather than have students study the facts as presented by the textbook, challenge them to check them against other texts as well as online resources for bias and accuracy. Students then assign a “grade” to their textbook. As a result, students could submit a rubric of assessment or create a presentation about their discoveries, as illustrated below.
Extending the Project
While this project refers to history or social studies textbooks, a similar approach could be taken with other subject areas. Given the rapid advances in the sciences, it could be an interesting project in light of technological advancements.