The civil war a. firestone


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  • I really like how you integrated social studies, ELA, and technology. The use of different media and websites, along with written texts helps students understand history in a new way. By allowing students to view videos, they no longer have to try and visualize what was occurring and what people looked like, but rather, they become part of the battles, lie with the wounded, and rally around Lincoln.

    As a side note, Apple now has a new program called Timeline 3D, where students can create custom timelines with text, images, color, etc. When the students are completed, the timelines 'come to life' by having each date on the timeline pop out. And, the timelines can be saved and returned to at any point.
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  • Andrew, I agree that it is a great idea to integrate technology in History lessons. History has a bad rep for being dull and irrelevant. Video, multimedia websites and interactive tools like that ones you plan to use in the Civil War lesson can help motivate and engage students to learn History by bringing historical events to life and contextualizing the experience. I particularly like the interactive timeline tool. Its limitation on text quantity will force students to really think about each event and its significance in order to describe it succinctly. Wouldn't it be great if the History Channel would create fantasy sports like application for major wars and battles?
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  1. 1. Technology Integration Plan<br />5th Grade- The Civil War<br />By Andrew Firestone<br />
  2. 2. Phase 1: Relative Advantage<br />I would like my students to be able to understand the events of the American Civil War to help 5th graders better comprehend this period in history.<br />The Internet is full of interactive and informative sites, therefore my students will have greater access to materials.<br />
  3. 3. Phase II- Objectives and Assessments<br />The objective is to provide an interactive experience on a 5th-grade level focusing on battles, events, and soldiers of the Civil War.<br />During these lessons, students will:<br />Use online resources to gather specific information<br />Learn how to create and effectively use a timeline and understand the meaning of using one<br />Learn how to write a persuasive letter<br />Write descriptions of people, places, events, and experiences and place them in proper context<br />Create a newspaper headline with a supporting article and photograph<br />
  4. 4. Phase III: Integration Strategies <br />The instructional method used for this series of lessons is a constructivist approach.<br />The activities in these lessons are designed to further students’ understanding of life during the American Civil War.<br />Students have been exposed to the Internet for researching information. They also have familiarity and comfort using many aspects of Microsoft Office, such Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher.<br />
  5. 5. Phase III: Integration Strategies, Cont<br />After these lessons are completed, students will be able to:<br />Create a timeline of the major events of the Civil War<br />Write a persuasive letter to a PenPal on the opposite side of the war<br />Write diary entries describing a soldier’s experience<br />Create a newspaper headline with an article on Lincoln’s two famous speeches during the war<br />Emancipation Proclamation<br />Gettysburg Address<br />
  6. 6. Phase III: Integration Strategies, cont.<br />Students will begin the lessons by watching a video entitled “The Causes of War: Abraham Lincoln Elected President”<br />The movie goes through the election of Abraham in 1860, the secession of Southern states, and the reaction of families in the war<br />This video serves as a jumpstart to their first activity- creating a timeline<br />
  7. 7. Activity #1: Timeline<br />My students now have a basic background of the start of the Civil War. They will now be able to research specific events of the Civil war to create an interactive timeline<br />Timeline should include: such as Lincoln’s election, secession, the major battles, the Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg Address, the surrender at Appomattox<br />The interactive timeline only allows descriptions of up to 175 characters.<br />Cannot be saved as you go<br />Recommend jotting them down on looseleaf before entering the information on the online timeline<br />
  8. 8. Activity #1: Timeline, cont<br />Major Battles to be included:<br />Fort Sumter, Bull Run I and II, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, Antietam<br />Websites will help guide this process:<br />Year-by-year overview of events<br />Chronological Order of Major Battles<br />Lee’s Surrender at Appomattox in 1865<br />
  9. 9. Phase IV:Instructional Environment<br />For this series of lessons, every student will need the following:<br />Computer with internet connection and a working printer<br />The Internet should only open to approved websites on the activity sheet<br />Microsoft Publisher software installed<br />Online Activity sheets with websites<br />Paper and pencils<br />This web-based unit on the Civil War will take about two-three weeks to complete.<br />
  10. 10. Phase V:Evaluate Integration Strategies<br />The best way to evaluate the strategies is having the students go through each activity, understand the goal of each activity, and follow the directions as I laid them out<br />The entire project will be evaluated on what the students have learned about the civil war.<br />All the sites were free which made them easy to access in the classroom<br />