Civil Rights Twitter Reflection

For my mini lesson, I chose to do an activity that might be done at the end of a unit. I assigned each of my students a historical figure from the Civil Rights Era. With that historical figure, came a small bio about them, in order to remind my students who their historical figure was. They were to “use their notes” from the past couple class and make 5 twitter posts as their historical figure would. Each student were to make their posts on the Padlet page set up for this lesson.

One of the objectives for this lesson is for students to be able to understand what their historical figure is known for and show that they knew that by making a fake social media for them. This gives students a chance to use something they’re familiar with, social media, interpret things they’ve learned.

I think with the time constraints and limitations, I was able to accomplish my goals during this lesson. I liked how I was able to incorportate technology and use the Padlet to act as a fake social media feed. I could have used a different template on Padlet and wish that I had so that students would have been able to comment on other students posts. But I also liked the template I used because it gave more of a Twitter feed feel that the other templates did. It all depends on what you’re looking for. I think also requiring that one of the tweets incorporate a photo, or a quote from their historical figure or a major accomplishment from their figure as well, would help structure the directions a bit more as well. I also would have liked to give an example of what I was talking about because I didn’t realize a couple students were a little unsure after I gave directions. I liked how I was walking around the room to make sure that students were on task and that I was available if students had questions as well.

This lesson was based in independent work and students were able to complete the necessary work on time. Students were quiet and focused while working. This provided our classroom with a quiet work environment so that students could finish the task at hand. After students finished their 5 tweets, I brought the class back together and each person was able to share a tweet they thought was significant and why they chose to post it. I think my timing was good and I divided things up well so that students had time to listen to directions, work independently, and then explain why they wrote what they did.

After giving this lesson once, I learned how I can tweak things to make sure I’m clear in my expectations and directions as well as giving students enough structure and time to complete the activity. I think this is a good activity to wrap a unit and gives students the ability to show what they know instead of just taking a test.

Civil Rights Mini Lesson

This lesson is more of a review lesson and done towards the end of a unit or could be done as a final project for a unit. In this lesson, students will each be assigned a historical figure that was influential during the Civil Rights Movement. For lack of time in this specific lesson, students will also get a paragraph of information about their person as a refresher of what they learned. They will then take the information they learned over the course of the unit and make 10 tweets from the perspective of their historical figure. Students will have some time to do a bit more research (or look in their notes) to remember more information about their historical figure. Once students have completed their 10 tweets on the Padlet file below, each student will share of their favorite tweets and explain why they thought that their historical figure would have tweeted that if there was social media during their lifetime.

This lesson can be used in all grades. I have witnessed it being used it in middle school and high school classrooms and seen students more engaged in the work, since it combines something else they are very interested in, social media. While there are many variations to this, Padlet might be more useful in a junior or senior high school classroom or even a college class. The only thing with Padlet is that you might want to be able to filter through the tweets before projecting them, in case some students get post things that are not necessary. Another way to modify this lesson might be to find or make a template of a tweeter feed and print it out for students to write their tweets out. Students are allowed and encouraged to use their notes and do more research to find more information on their historical figure to make their tweets more accurate as well.

Made with Padlet

World War II Propaganda Poster

While making this lesson, I really enjoyed how easy the Google forms were. Since my school uses Google Classroom a lot, I know it will be an important skill to have and utilize through the year and in the years after. I really liked how easy it was to add different aspects of a lesson such as background information, photos and videos, and even asking questions or creating quizzes. Because this, it’s versatile in how you can use it in your classroom.

Civil War and Reconstruction

Photo #1

Manifest Destiny Source

What is the reason behind why Manifest Destiny was depicted by an angelic looking woman?
Including the railroad shows that technology is also coming out west, contrasted with the horse drawn carriages typically thought of when thinking about westward migration. When were the rails being laid for trains to continue out west?

Photo #2

Propoganda promoting Reconstruction Source
Do these women represent the North and South getting along after the Civil War ended?
Does the fire represent the country trying to come back together? By the time this advertisement was circulating, had the southern states that had seceded rejoined the United States?

Photo #3

Siege of Charleston Source
Was creating bunkers in the Civil War a tactic that was used often? Is this a precursor to Trench Warfare in World War 1?
Were these ships used to help completely siege Charleston?