Students research and create mini-documentaries on a passionate topic.  

A PIP (personal interest project) includes three main components: research supported transcript, a poster, and a presentation that is well-rehearsed. An audience assessment accompanies the project.  All papers include bibliographies and citations.

Students are given a rubric to guide them as they work.

Within this rubric are assigned due dates to create multiple edited drafts of their projects before completing their final drafts. The teachers have many one-to-one check-ins to be sure the students are on the right track.   

The PIP projects are a wonderfully intrinsic way to teach students about the process of researching, writing, editing, presenting to peers, and using their creative abilities to finish a milestone project.