Our class begins with a review of the Sam Wineburg reading and TEDEd flipped lesson Who is the historian in your classroom? (That will also provide a chance to discuss the efficacy of flipping content. What are the challenges and opportunities for that approach?)
We will explore search techniques with a focus on finding public domain or Creative Commons licensed content. For more information on public domain searches visit our edtech methods toolkit / Digital Hygiene
c. Design a mini lesson based on one of the historical thinking skills. Gather historical source(s) that could be used by a teacher to teach one or more historical thinking skills. Sample posts from earlier class.
Featured image and title for your mini-lesson. Make it catchy!
Indication of one (or more) of the historic skills to be studied – Sourcing, Contextualization, Corroboration.
One or more historic documents to support the lesson. Brief historical text can be inline text in the post or longer passages could be uploaded as pdfs. Any image content should be in the public domain.
Cite the source(s) with title, creator (if available), date of creation, and URL hyperlink back to source material.
Guiding questions for students to use with document(s)
Brief reflection of how the document(s) and question(s) should reinforce the targeted historic skill(s)
Log into each others’ posts and leave some comments about how the historical gallery could be turned into a learning activity. In our next class we will continue that discussion.
Here’s how to do a public domain image search, insert image into the post and add a hyperlink
If you have a collection of images for your post – you can put them all into a WordPress Image gallery using this tool. (Or just insert as image into the post.)
I’m a big fan of using mock trials – they embody critical thinking in the classroom. Over the years I wrote a number of cases which proved to be effective tools for improving student analytic skills and Common Core skills. Here’s two posts from my blog on using them in the classroom. And here’s a link to two mock trials and an appeals case that I developed.
Barbara graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Portland State University after using the 11-year plan to earn her degree, something she does not advocate for others. Three years later she earned her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. She enjoys combining her interests in law and education in her work at Classroom Law Project. She is married, has two daughters in college and a really cute dog.
Classroom Law Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing civics, government and law to Oregon classrooms K-12. Teachers and students know CLP through programs such as mock trial, con team, Law Day conference (for students), Civics Conference for Teachers, court tours, weekly current events, professional development and more. CLP makes civic education fun. Its mission statement: Classroom Law Project is a non-profit organization of individuals, educators, lawyers, and civic leaders building strong communities by teaching students to become active citizens.
Image credit: John Dodgson / Mug Shot / 1930s
This mug shot comes from a police identification book believed to be from the 1930s. It was originally found in a junk shop by a member of the public and subsequently donated to Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. No information is available to confirm which police force compiled it but evidence suggests it’s from the Newcastle upon Tyne area.
This image is part of the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museum’s set “Newcastle upon Tyne criminals of the 1930’s.” Accession no. DX1190