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.
This google forums mini lesson allows students to utilize a lot of historical thinking skills, including sourcing, contextualization, and close reading. An activity like this allows students to work with the primary source and make their own analysis of the document rather than reading sources secondhand from a textbook. It’s an extremely visual activity in comparison to reading, and the activity relates to key vocab found in most World War I units. Also, since I chose to not make the forum a quiz, students can collaborate and answer the open ended questions together. Additionally, I could see the forum formatting useful for a lot of different activities, with the most useful one being an exit slip for a formative assessment tool. I can very easily see myself using something like I created today in my classrooms in the future.
This activity focuses on analyzing a depiction of the Boston Massacre and trying to identify any bias that is present. I imagine this activity taking place soon after starting a unit surrounding the Revolutionary War (including causes and effects). The engraving on this Google Form is meant to depict a scene of the Boston Massacre, however there are ways to interpret bias from this specific source (looking at things such as who is inciting the violence in the illustration). Students will observe the engraving attached to the Google Form and answer the questions that follow based on their prior knowledge and what they observe in the illustration. This should practice students’ analytical skills as they try to interpret where bias came into play in this piece of history.