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8th Grade Community Project

2017 MYP Community Project at Grisham

Grisham is thrilled to announce that all 8th grade students will participate in the MYP Community Project. This project provides students the opportunity to demonstrate their committment to service and action, as well as all the knowledge and skills they have acquired while in the MYP. This project will act as the culminating event to their MYP education and will take place every year in the 8th grade.
Please see this link for more information regarding the project.

Parents who were unable to attend the Parent Info Night, View the Parent Info Night presentation.

Students will:

  • Define a goal to address a need in the community
  • Identify the global context
  • Develop a proposal for action
  • Implement action
  • Share process

Project Objectives

A Investigating

  1. Define a goal to address
  2. Identify prior learning and subject specific knowledge relevant to the project
  3. Demonstrate research skills

B Planning

  1. Develop a proposal for action to serve a need in the community
  2. Plan and record the development process of the project
  3. Demonstrate self-management skills

C Taking action

  1. Demonstrate service as action as the result of the process
  2. Demonstrate thinking skills
  3. Demonstrate communication and social skills

D Reflecting

  1. Evaluate the quality of the service action against the proposal
  2. Reflect on how completing the project has extended their knowledge and understanding of service learning
  3. Reflect on their development of ATL skills


  • Individually or collaboratively, but no more than 3 students
  • 15 hours of work meeting with supervisors, conducting research, developing the project and reporting the project
  • Project must be aligned with a global context
  • Project must be recorded in a process journal

 Service can be:

  • Direct– You will have interaction that involves people, the environment or animals. Examples include one-on-one tutoring, developing a garden alongside refugees, or teaching dogs behaviours to prepare them for adoption.
  • Indirect service: Although you do not see the recipients during indirect service, you have verified that your actions will benefit the community or environment. Examples include redesigning an organization’s website, writing original picture books to teach a language, or raising fish to restore a stream.
  • Advocacy: You speak on behalf of a cause or concern to promote action on an issue of public interest. Examples include initiating an awareness campaign on hunger in the community, performing a play on replacing bullying with respect, or creating a video on sustainable water solutions.
  • Research: You collect information through varied sources, analyze data and report on a topic of importance to influence policy or practice. Examples include conducting environmental surveys to influence your school, contributing to a study of animal migration patterns, or compiling the most effective means to reduce litter in public spaces.


Other relevant information:

Communities are:

  • a group of people living in the same place
  • a group of people sharing characteristics/beliefs and or values
  • a body of nations or states unified by common interests
  • a group of interdependent plants or animals growing or living together in a specified habitat


December 2017

8th Grade Den will:

  • Explore definitions of community
  • Explore definitions of service
  • Collaborate with students to create list of possible topics
  • Conduct student survey to assign students/groups to topics
  • Review the project assessment rubrics and process
  • Assign students/groups to mentors-mentors are Grisham staff members. Meetings with Mentors begin in January.


January and February 2018

Mentors will support students as they:
Define a goal to address a need in the community-discuss details and resources for learning more

Identify and outline the connection to a global context

Reflect on ATL skills and their use in the project, set goals

Discuss action and make a plan

Collaborate on statement of reflection

Outline presentation and report

January and February 2018

8th Grade Den will:

  • Review academic honesty policy
  • Provide time for student to write in their process journal
    • 10 entries for individuals/15 for groups
  • Provide feedback and answer questions