Authentic Project-Based Learning in Grades 4–8 provides a clear guide to design, develop, and implement real-world challenges for any middle school subject. The author lays out five clear, standards-based stages of assessment to help you and your learners process the what, how, and why of authentic project-based experiences.
You’ll learn how to create projects that:
- Align with your content standards
- Integrate technology effectively
- Support reading and writing development
- Utilize formative assessment
- Allow for multiple complex pathways to emerge
- Facilitate the development of essential skills beyond school
Each chapter includes a variety of practical examples to assist with scaffolding and implementation. The templates and tools in the appendix are also provided on our website as free eResources for ease of use.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Authentic Concept Creation
Chapter 2. Align Content Standards to the Real World
Chapter 3. Support Digital Transformation
Chapter 4. Generate Authentic Reading and Writing
Chapter 5. Formative Assessments for Success
Chapter 6. Levels of Complexity
Chapter 7. Essential Skills for Tomorrow
Chapter 8. Commonly Asked Questions about PBL
Dayna Laur (@daylynn) is the co-founder of Project ARC, an educational consulting organization that promotes the development of authentic, relevant, and complex learning experiences. Dayna leads workshops on project-based learning (PBL), authentic learning experiences, inquiry learning, critical thinking, Advanced Placement, technology integration, 1:1 programs, and STEAM. She trains nationally, internationally, and through online support. She is the author of two prior Routledge publications and is currently completing her dissertation in Instructional Systems Design and Technology.