Students will design and publish a document-based lesson (DBL) which includes the following:
- Introduction of the DBL with brief historic context as needed.
- Essential question. Open ended, invites discussion / debate. If possible phrase so it continues to be a relevant question.
- Clear statement of what students will be asked to do. For example : What historical thinking skills will they be working with?
- About 5 – 8 related documents (image, text, video, audio) that will support the essential question and task.
- Each document must have a citation that includes a working hyperlink back to the source.
- Scaffolding question for each document to assist the student in examining the document (Could be Sourcing, Contextualization, Corroborating or Close reading)
Here are some samples from Fall 2018 class. These were done using Microsoft Sway. But we found out that was a challenging app. (So this year we’ll use our WordPress site or Google Sites)
Here’s the sample I created:
“Progress and Poverty in Industrial America.”
Student projects – Fall 2018
- Was the U.S. Justified in Dropping the Atomic Bombs on Japan?
- Westward to Equality: Frontier Life and the Suffrage Movement
- American Reactions to the Vietnam War
- Equality on the Front, but What Waits at Home?
- Soldiers’ Life on the Frontlines – WWI
- Wounded Knee Massacre
- Students should be prepared to share initial ideas for project with classmates on Nov 11th.
- Students should publish their final project by Nov 30th.
- We will have a “informal review” of each lesson in class on Dec 2nd.
Students are free to publish their document based lesson directly to our WordPress site. But if they want more “space” they can consider using Google Sites. Regardless of what format you choose – you will need to do a WordPress post on our site that links to your work elsewhere.
Google Sites: The tool allows you to have multiple pages and to organize your question into separate page / sections. Also good if you plan to integrate other Google tools – for example a Google form