MYP Community Project Description
Grades 6-8 (MYP Years 1-3)
FCPS asks scholars to complete two culminating projects in years 3 and 5 of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. Scholars will gain strength for this task during the continuum and these long-term projects demonstrate a consolidation of learning in both knowledge and skills. The projects focus on expanding student learning through choice in service action or personal interest and will not be administered through a subject group class/course. Scholars are assigned project supervisors by year 3 and 5 and expected to spend 15 hours for the community project and 25 hours for the personal project in meeting with a supervisor, independent work and reporting on the project. In the process students will identify an achievable goal, apply a global context, research and cite sources, develop an action plan, consider ATL skills, document using a process journal, complete an academic honesty form, and formulate a report and final product. The projects will be measured on four assessment criteria:
Objective A: Investigating
Objective B: Planning
Objective C: Taking action
Objective D: Reflecting
This component is required to receive internal MYP recognition. For further explanation of the project, reference ibo.org or cityschools.com/ib.
Community Project Grades 6-8 (MYP Years 1-3)
The community project will include three components: service as action, a process journal and the presentation. Types of action include:
- Direct service that involves people, the environment, or animals. For example, tutoring or working in a community garden.
- Indirect service where the student does not see the recipients, but their actions benefit the community or environment like producing an educational material, improving a website, or organizing a supply drive for a community shelter.
- Advocacy where students promote action on an issue of public importance such as making a resource to prevent bullying or starting an awareness campaign to prevent teen suicide.
- Research where students collect and analyze information to report on a topic to change policy or practice including conducting environmental surveys to protect an aspect of their community or analyzing the most effective recycling practices with the community resources.
Students will identify a goal to address a need in the community and have the option to work alone, or in small groups of up to three students, to plan and execute their year 3 community service project. The culmination must be a practiced oral presentation by each student to an audience of 6-10 minutes for individuals and 10-14 minutes for groups of up to three, 3-5 minutes per student in the group.
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