Showing posts with label revolutionary way lesson plans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label revolutionary way lesson plans. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Chronicles of the American Revolution

Liberty, The American Revolution is a feature on PBS.org. There are a couple of resources in this feature that are worth noting. First, and probably the most useful, is The Chronicle of Revolution. The Chronicle of Revolution provides a timeline of events that contributed to the start of the American Revolution. Students can read newspaper accounts as they go through the chronicles. Within each newspaper account are links to further reading about important people and places mentioned in the articles.

The second item of interest in Liberty, The American Revolution is the Road to Revolution game. The game isn't really a game, it's more like a quiz with some graphics added to it. The game is designed to quiz students on the information in The Chronicle of Revolution.

Applications for Education
The Chronicle of Revolution and the Road to Revolution are best suited to use with middle school students or possibly older elementary school students. Neither resource will replace your textbooks, but they certainly make good supplements to them.

Please click here for seven more resources for teaching about the American Revolution.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Two Weeks, 30 Seconds, 10 A's

I shared bits and pieces of this story at MOREnet MITC on Monday. Here's the rest of the story.

A few weeks ago I introduced my special education students to Animoto. The assignment was for them to create short videos about the causes of the Revolutionary War. Each student picked an act or event (i.e. Quartering Act, Boston Massacre) which he or she would research and produce a video about. Based on having done this in previous years, I thought that this would take a week. It turned out that it took every student at least two weeks and one student is actually still working on his project.

In creating each video the students had to include a brief background (what happened to cause their chosen event or act), some details of the act or event, and the consequences of the act or event. As many readers know, Animoto is based on the use of images so my students had to find Public Domain or Creative Commons images that demonstrated the ideas they wanted to convey. This is where the process slowed.

Finding appropriate images took my students a bit longer than students previous classes took. I also slowed the process as I required each student to explain to me (or to one of ed techs/ classroom aids) what each of their chosen images represented. I also required my students to explain the display sequence they had chosen. In the end, this process proved to be very beneficial for my students.

Last Friday my students took a short quiz on the causes of the Revolutionary War. Not every student got an "A" on the quiz, but ten did. For some of my students it was the first "A" they had gotten in a long time. And every one of them made some type of comment about the videos helping them remember the causes of the Revolutionary War.

The point of this story is that when conducting video creation projects in your classroom, the research and development of the script may be more important than what the final video looks like.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Making Videos on the Web - A Free Guide
11 Techy Things for Teachers to Try This Year

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Battle of Trenton Prisoners & Images of Revolution

On Thursday I ran a post about a great site called History Animated which features animations of Revolutionary War battles including the Battle of Trenton. On Friday, the National Archives daily feed served up a document that would make a good resource to use as a follow-up to viewing the Battle of Trenton animated. Return of Prisoners Taken at Trenton documents the transfer of prisoners captured at the Battle of Trenton.

Pictures of the Revolutionary War is a compilation of images about the Revolutionary War. The images in the collection chronicle the stirrings of rebellion in the pre-revolution years, the war from both American and British perspectives, and events following the Revolutionary War.

Applications for Education
The great thing about images is that they are accessible to most students regardless of their reading ability. Pictures of the Revolutionary War could be used in elementary school or middle school to have students develop ideas about the images say about the Revolutionary War. You could have students analyze images from the American and British perspectives and discuss what each artist was trying to say about the war.