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Sarah Herbik

Technology in the classroom

Bill Zimmerman, Welcome to Make Beliefs Comix, last modified 2016-2017,


Guarionex Press Ltd. http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/
This website is a great way to incorporate technology in the classroom with an age-old
activity. While at Yorkville High School, students loved to create comics and did so often as a
formative assessment. There were always a couple kids per class who were not artistic and were
obviously embarrassed about their lack of drawing skills. Giving the students the option to use
this website could be a great way to keep all students engaged in an activity, no matter their skill
set.

Eagle Eye Citizen, Congress, Civic Participation, and Primary Sources Project,
https://eagleeyecitizen.org/
This was a project sponsored by a Library of Congress grant and the site is really neat.
They have multiple challenges for students to analyze throughout history such as slavery,
prohibition, womens suffrage, and many others. The students analyze primary source documents
from the Library of Congress collection and perform activities such as putting them in
chronological order and other tasks that require actual analyzation of the sources.

Primary Documents

Document Analysis Worksheets, The U.S. National Archives And Records


Administration, last reviewed on March 3, 2017,
https://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/worksheets
This website has wonderful document analysis worksheets for students to use while
analyzing primary sources. Even knowing that the worksheets come from the National Archives
might get students interested. The worksheets also ask students to explain their thinking and
answers instead of asking closed ended questions. Using these short worksheets to introduce
historiography and Loewens concept of doing history might get students to actively
participate and understand history.

History Lessons, Stanford University, https://sheg.stanford.edu/history-


lessons?f%5B0%5D=topic%3A8#main-content
This website has primary sources that span the history from the Boston Massacre to
Hurricane Katrina. These can be used in conjunction with the analysis worksheets from the
National Archives. Some sources found online could be faked or edited, using this website a
teacher knows that these are valid sources and proven to engage students in critical thinking. The
primary sources come with teaching materials to help teachers as well.
Inquiry Based/Controversial Issues

Free Lesson Plans, Bill Of Rights Institute, last edited 2017,


http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/educate/educator-resources/lessons-plans/
This website has lessons plans for political lessons as well as current events. The current
events tab is what can be utilized for controversial issues. The Bill of Rights Institute has links
for controversial topics such as Edward Snowden, affirmative action, internet copyright and
piracy, and immigration. Many of these links have handouts and great critical thinking questions
that can go along with the topic.

Topics, Facing History and Ourselves, last edited 2017,


https://www.facinghistory.org/topics
Facing History and Ourselves is a registered charity that focuses on providing educators
with resources to help teach controversial issues and build a more humane world. The page gives
educators resources for topics such as global immigration, religious intolerance, and race in US
History. The site has a varied selection of sources that include full lesson plans, streaming
videos, DVDs, and readings.

Multiculturalism
Explore Collaborations, Cricket Media Inc., last reviewed 2017,
http://www.epals.com/#/exploreExperience
ePals is operated by McGraw-Hill Education and connects students internationally to
learn how content operates in real life. For example, an educator can start a program that
connects their students with students in another country to learn about imports and exports. In
this program, the students also negotiate trade deals with one another. Another program is called
Who We Are? and teaches students how culture impacts ones personal identity. Using this
tool, students might also notice the similarities that they share with students in other countries.

Discourse/Discussion materials

Jennifer Gonzalez, The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies, Cult of Pedagogy,
October 15 2015, https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/speaking-listening-techniques/
This article goes over different discussion models and also common mistakes that
teachers make with discussion-oriented lessons in the classroom. While reading this article, I
noticed common mistakes that I have made within the classroom when planning a class
discussion. The author goes on to give examples on how to fix these common mistakes. I like the
hot seat example, where a student takes on the role of a historical figure for the class period and
must answer questions. The author gives multiple other examples that can be used.
Differentiation

Carol Ann Tomlinson, What Is Differentiated Instruction? Reading Rockets,


http://www.readingrockets.org/article/what-differentiated-instruction
I always need something broken down to the bare minimum when I first learn it and to
revisit sometimes. I learned how to differentiate in my classroom in an early education class but
differentiation in the edTPA is intimidating. This article does a great job at breaking down the
how of differentiation in the classroom. It is a short and sweet article to click on when I get to
that point in the edTPA. This article would fit every activity and can even be printed out and kept
at the front of someones lesson plan binder.

Wendy Wilson and Jack Papadonis, Sample Pages, Differentiated Instruction for Social
Studies, (Walch Publishing, 2006) iii-viii, 72-81. https://walch.com/samplepages/059113.pdf
(https://www.amazon.com/Differentiated-Instruction-Social-Studies-Wilson/dp/0825159113)
This is my favorite source that I found. This .pdf includes various lesson plans, all linked
to National Social Studies Standards and at the beginning of each activity plan breaks down
how the activity incorporates differentiation. These activities are engaging for students and are
based on popular topics that almost every teacher will cover throughout the year. I will use
definitely borrow from this source many times throughout student teaching. The source even
has plans differentiated for each learning style (body/kinesthetic, audio, visual, etc..)

https://www.nytimes.com/spotlight/learning-lessons-social-studies-skills