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Project X: Teach Data Exploration and Analysis

Using data as a tool, students examine the past to make predictions about the future, honing critical-thinking skills to use within any discipline.

Help students understand and use data to confront urgent world topics such as poverty, democracy, and climate. This 2-week supplement is designed for high-school students and includes 10 data exploration exercises that lead up to a final class presentation.

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Course materials
  • Articles 16
  • Activities 8
  • Closer 1

Why Teach Project X?

The course contains a series of activities around 10 different data explorations that help students make sense of the data, leading up to their final project in which students use data and historical evidence to support a claim about the future.

  • 10 data explorations: Organized thematically around urgent world topics like global population, greenhouse gas emissions, and war and peace.

  • Scaffolded activities: Students complete a series of scaffolded activities based on the data explorations.

  • Final project: Scaffolded activities lead up to a final presentation in which students make a claim about the future and defend that claim with data and historical evidence.

  • New Data Tool: Modeled on OER Project’s Three Close Reads Tool, the NEW Data Tool guides students through the process of understanding and evaluating charts.

  • Flexible: Project X works as a four-week standalone course but can also be used within World History Project courses, or within any existing world history course.

Flexible. Ready to Use. Fully Supported.

Project X can be taught as a standalone four-week course, or within any existing world history course. However you decide to teach Project X, you’ll find comprehensive support from the OER Project team and our vibrant online teacher community.

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Integrated into World History Project

Help yourself to everything our free, online history courses have to offer: mind-blowing content balanced with critical skills development and lots of support.

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As a Standalone

Get started building data-analysis skills capabilities—with confidence.

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Always Fully Supported

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