History Facts and Fictions
a Problem-Based Learning Project about historical disputes

This project addresses a number of PA Academic Standards across multiple academic areas.

Pennsylvania Academic Standards on the Pennsylvania Department of Education web site

Civics and Government

5.2.9 Rights and Responsibilities - D. Analyze political leadership and public service in a Republican form of government.

5.2.12 Rights and Responsibilities - G. Evaluate what makes a competent and responsible citizen.


8.2.6 Pennsylvania history - A. Analyze the political and cultural contributions of individuals and groups to Pennsylvania history

8.3.6, 9 United States history - A. Identify and analyze the political and cultural contributions of individuals and groups to U.S. History.

Reading Writing, Listening and Speaking

1.2. 5, 8, 11 Reading Critically in All Content Areas - A. Read and understand essential content of informational texts and documents in all academic areas.

1.2. 5, 8, 11 Reading Critically in All Content Areas - B. Use and understand a variety of media and evaluate the quality of material produced.

1.4.5. 8, 11 Types of Writing - B. Write multi-paragraph informational pieces (e.g., essays, descriptions, letters, reports, instructions).

1.4.5. 8, 11 Types of Writing - C. Write persuasive pieces.

1.5.5, 8, 11 Quality of Writing - A. Write with a sharp, distinct focus identifying topic, task and audience.

1.5.5, 8, 11 Quality of Writing - B. Write using well-developed content appropriate for the topic.

1.6. 5, 8, 11 Speaking and Listening - E. Participate in small and large group discussions and presentations.

1.6.5, 8, 11 Speaking and Listening - F. Use media for learning purposes.

1.8.5, 8, 11 Research - B. Locate information using appropriate sources and strategies.

1.8. 5, 8, 11 Research - C. Organize and present the main ideas from research. Credit sources using a structured format.

Pennsylvania Writing Assessment Domain Scoring Guide

Science and Technology

3.7.7 A. Apply computer software to solve specific problems. • Identify software designed to meet specific needs (e.g., Computer Aided Drafting, design software, tutorial, financial, presentation software). • Identify and solve basic software problems relevant to specific software applications. • Identify basic multimedia applications. • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of desktop publishing applications.

3.7. Technological devices - E. Apply basic computer communications systems.

3.8.4 A. Know that people select, create and use science and technology and that they are limited by social and physical restraints. • Identify and describe positive and negative impacts that influence or result from new tools and techniques.

Problem-based learning Rubric Template at Bernie Dodge site Aligned with Pennsylvania Academic Standards


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