The beauty of the Canadian Dance Family Tree Project is its flexibility; the project can be expanded or condensed to suit the time you can allot for this particular unit.
The components for the project with approximate timelines for completion are as follows:
- Reading, list making and analysis (one 75-minute period)
- Family tree (one 75-minute period [analysis can continue from previous session])
- Further research in school or community library (two 75-minute periods or homework)
- Further research using the World Wide Web (one 75-minute period or homework)
- Developing mock interview questions (one 75-minute period or homework)
- Written composition (homework assignment)
- Laying out and printing a newsletter (two or three 75-minute periods during which each group takes turns designing the layout for their composition, or this task can be assigned as an after-school project for a small group of enthusiastic volunteers)
The project you do with your students can consist of as little as the reading, list making and analysis, or you can add one of the research components. Alternatively, you can add the research and writing components but skip the family tree, or you can add the research and interview questions only. There are a number of possibilities for shrinking or growing the project to fit your needs.
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