Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).

Monday, November 9, 2015

Is Pork Barrel Spending Rigorous?

Today's rigorous example comes to me from Jason Roebuck at Monson High School in Massachusetts.  He teaches high school social studies and asks his student to create Powerpoints about pork barrel spending after they have explored the concept.   Notice how he not only requires them to research pork barrel spending, they must identify multiple good and bad projects (both nationally and in the state).  Then, they must defend their choices, a key aspect from the Common Core and other state standards.  It's an excellent example of rigor!  How can you adapt this for your students? 

  1. Using the internet research what pork barrel spending is. Begin your research @ go.hrw.com keyword SV3 Gv6. Define and explain what pork barrel spending is and what importance does it have for members of Congress.
  1. Identify the good and bad that comes with pork barrel spending. What are the positives and negatives of pork barrel spending?
  1. Identify and explain ten good pork projects and ten bad pork projects across the country. You must defend your choices.
  1. Identify five good and five bad pork projects in Massachusetts. (Preferably in our district). You must defend your choices.

  1. Format will be a 10 slide PowerPoint presentation complete with text and visuals. You must include a works cited list.

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