I had never seen a wild turkey before. It was so cool to see this flock (are they called a flock) of turkeys on a drive north of where we live.
Looking through my blog photos, I found a picture I had taken of domestic turkeys and was very surprised at the difference. One big difference, literally, was that the domestic turkeys were bigger, as in more meat. In the photos I had, the wild and domestic birds looked to be different colors also.
So, a driving question for an authentic project might be about the differences between wild and domestic turkeys. Or wild and domestic “any animal.” A question/prompt could be about the history of domestication of an animal. This could easily turn into an authentic project about the history of the domestication of dogs and/or cats.
Learners might also be surprised as to how many animals are considered domestic and what the definition of domestic is. I learned this lesson when I entered a gorgeous “blue-ribbon” photo of alpacas into the wild animal category of our county fair and found out after I entered the photo that alpacas are considered domestic animals. I had thought only dogs and cats were considered domestic.
If a project is truly authentic, you start with a photo of wild turkeys and end up with a project about domestication and a future award-winning photo of alpacas. (I let you know how the alpaca photo does in the domestic category next summer!)