1) Originality - The projects either needed to cover somebody not widely known or to have a new take on somebody that is well known but might have legacy most people didn't know about before. For example, many people know who Ben Franklin is. (edited Declaration of Independence, helped form new country, harnessed electricity and an inventor of many other products) What most people don't realize is that he started the first public library system here in the US. Due to his legacy we now are able to enjoy free public libraries all over the city.
2) Personal Connection/Investment - We noticed that students that had a personal connection or investment to their story really showed a lot of passion in their project and the judges noticed. This means you could either be related to the person, know the person, or have been personally affected by their legacy.
3)Leadership and Legacy - Before deciding on their final project we really want to make sure students have projects that encapsulate BOTH "Leadership and Legacy". For instance, President Obama is certainly a leader. However, his story is still "being written". He does not have a legacy yet. Michael Jordan's playing days are over. He certainly has a legacy that has affected the following generation. Just ask Kobe or Lebron!
Yesterday we had students work in groups to come up with a description to fit these three criteria. Next week we will unveil the official rubric taking important descriptions from students in all grade levels! Way to go MWS middle schoolers!