MYP Community Project Description
Grades 6-8 (MYP Years 1-3)
As a school who offers years 1-5 of MYP, FCPS will ask scholars to prepare for their culminating personal project by completing a community project in year 3 of the program. This long-term project will focus on community and service action and will not be administered through a subject group class. Scholars will gain strength in skills for this task in years 1 and 2 of the program. Then, scholars will be assigned a project supervisor by year 3 and may 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. Scholars are expected to spend 15 hours on the project in meeting with a supervisor, independent work and reporting on the project. This component will begin for year 3 8th graders in our first year of authorization, 2017-18, and is required to receive internal MYP recognition. For further explanation of the project, reference the ibo.org MYP projects page.
The community project will include three components: service as action, a process journal and the presentation.
- Types of action include:
a) Direct service that involves people, the environment, or animals. For example-like tutoring or working in a community garden.
b) 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.
c) 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.
d) 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.
- In the process students will identify a goal to address a need in the community, select the global context, research and cite sources, develop an action plan, consider ATL skills, document using a process journal, complete an academic honesty form, and practice and present to an audience. The projects will be measured on four assessment criteria:
Objective A: Investigating
Objective B: Planning
Objective C: Taking action
Objective D: Reflecting
- The culmination must be an oral presentation by each student to an audience with 6-10 minutes for individuals and 10-14 minutes for groups of up to three, 3-5 minutes per student in the group.
Presentations/Resources/Documents for Scholars & Families: