Madison HS Cross-Curricular Cohort Investigates Life, Death of Characters

School News
November 12, 2019

students with character drawingStudents in the Madison High English 9 cross-curricular cohort spent weeks gathering evidence, examining artifacts, and drafting argumentative papers with the aim of helping observers understand how their assigned character lived and died. The cohort, made up of 90 students, includes English, science and world history 1 classes. At the beginning of the investigation unit, student groups were given artifacts; they examined DNA and other artifacts to determine the gender, age, time period, and probable economic class status of the character. The research findings were presented visually with an illustration that presented the skeletal structure of the character, as well as inferred apparel. The cohort held an open house in the library to present their findings to parents, teachers, and peers. For the open house presentation, observers were provided a list of questions that aligned with the Portrait of a Graduate Presentations of Learning standards to engage the students in questions about their learning, creativity, self-awareness, and critical thinking throughout the investigation unit. Contact Michelle Taylor at