Document Based Lesson Design Project

An A B C, for baby patriotsWorking as individuals or in 2 person teams, students will design a document-based lesson (DBL) suitable for inclusion in our iBook (available at iTunes).

See class 7 for recommendations for DBLs and Teaching with Documents. Your DBL will include:

  1. Introduction of the DBL with brief historic context as needed.
  2. Generative / essential question
  3. About 5 – 8 related documents (image, text, video, audio) that will assist the students in answering the generative question
  4. Clear statement of what students will be asked to do
  5. Close reading scaffolding question for each document to assist the student in examining the document

A good example of a DBL is Progress and Poverty in Industrial America  This is a pdf version of one of my iBooks. (note: you will not have full function of all the gallery and video widgets). It uses 11 documents, which is a bit more than I expect for your DBL.

The DBL Design Assignment will be accomplished in steps:

Step 1: Develop a brief proposal which will be submitted for peer review via a Google slide presentation that you will deliver to class on 10/24.

We will collaborate in this shared Google slide presentation.

See my YouTube playlist on Working with Google Slides
or check out our edMethods ToolkitGoogle Slides

The goal of this phase is to brainstorm your lesson ideas and gather feedback from peers regarding the following:

  1. You have an interesting generative / essential question worth answering. (content)
  2. Your initial appraisal indicates there are suitable documents available.
  3. You have an idea for how students will be asked interpret your documents using historical thinking skills (Sourcing, Contextualization, Corroborating or Close reading)
  4. A broad description of “what are the kids going to do?” (process, product)
  5. See my sample beginning on slide 6 in Google presentation.
Step 2: Begins Google site that presents a first draft your DBL design. Write a edMethods post that shares your idea for a lesson and points to Google site. Due 11/7

For more information on using Google Site see our edMethods Toolkit

  1. Google site start page that describes:
    Intro to the lesson –  Grade, course, etc and a broad description of “what are the kids going to do?” Essential question. One document as an illustration.
  2. Blog post here on edMethods You should then take that content from the start page and use it as the basis of a blog post on our edMethods blog that shares the intent of your lesson. Please include a sample document (image) and a link from edMethods post to your Google site start page.
Step 3: By Friday night 11/19 – Finish your Google site version of document-based lesson with multiple pages, each page should be designed as one page of your final book with:
  • At least one suitable document (include links and info on source institution, collection number, creator, date).
  • Scaffolding questions for each document that guide students through historical thinking skills being taught.
  • Instructions for students / or teacher on using the lesson
Step 4: Prepare content for iBooks Author lab session on 11/21.

This is your first time to move content into the iBooks Author format. You will create a draft chapter that we will prepare for iPads

iBooks Author Workflow? See our edMethods Toolkit

Step 5: Peer review of draft iBook 11/28
Step 6: Write a reflection on your DBL design process and post to our blog (your final post). It will also be added to your iBook chapter – due 12/4.
Step 7: Final design session in Digital lab 12/5

Title: “An A B C, for baby patriots”
Creator: Ames, Mary Frances
Publisher: Dean & Son
Place of Publication: London (160a Fleet Street E.C.)
Publication Date: [1899]
Archive: University of Florida UF00086056:00001

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