The American Revolution
The following pictures
are from lessons or bulletin boards I created during my student teaching
placement for seventh grade Social Studies at Danville Middle School.
In order to introduce the key "players" of the American
Revolution and give an overview of their importance, my co-op and I staged a
skit that resembled an ESPN commentary. We dressed up in my Red Sox
jerseys, made popcorn for the kids and used magnets to flip over each name and
contribution as we mentioned them during the commentary that I wrote.
I made up a player "roster" for them to use as note sheets and the students
seemed to enjoy the show. Upon reflection, I believe the pace of the
commentary was a bit too fast for those students who had processing problems or
previous note taking issues. That could easily be adjusted by pausing
longer after each player is addressed.
Interactive Bulletin Board
The bulletin board below is on the
Declaration of Independence. It was used with a lesson where each part of
the document was taken out and explained to the students. We examined
things like the influence of the Enlightenment, What acts of Parliament was
referred to in the list of grievances, as well as some little known tidbits and
clarifications. Many of the excerpts were folded over for the students to
guess which act was responsible and at the end the students were given the
opportunity to "pass" or "reject" the document by tacking a feather pen near the
"Yes" or "No" prompt.