Our 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Z, and I are planning to upgrade a Social Studies unit about the American Revolution.
We want to expand the following content and exceed the standards traditionally taught in the textbook unit:
- Identify and explain significant events leading up to the American Revolution.
- Identify significant individuals and groups who played a role in the American Revolution.
- Explain the significance of historical documents including key political concepts, origins of these concepts, and their role in American independence.
- Examine and explain the changing roles and impact of significant women during the American Revolution.
- Examine and compare major battles and military campaigns of the American Revolution.
- Identify the contributions of foreign alliances and individuals to the outcome of the Revolution.
- Explain economic, military, and political factors which led to the end of the Revolutionary War.
- Evaluate the personal and political hardships resulting from the American Revolution.
- Discuss the impact and significance of land policies developed under the Confederation Congress (Northwest Ordinance of 1787).
- Examine the significance of the Constitution including its key political concepts, origins of those concepts, and their role in American democracy.
Our overall goals beyond the curriculum content is:
- Action research- allow teachers to upgrade a traditionally taught unit
- Allow teachers to learn, plan, work and teach collaboratively
- Empower student learners by giving them ownership
- Take learning off the pages of the book
- Allow students to reinforce 21st century skills: communicate, collaborate, connect & critical thinking
- Expose and reinforce 21st century literacies: basic (reading & writing), media, network, global, information
- Find new forms of teaching, learning and assessment
- Students becoming teachers
- Bring in multiple perspectives
- Reflection on upgrade
- Share our learning with a global audience
- Collaboration between 5th grade classes
- Skype calls group2group, buddy2buddy
- Debates via Skype- Role playing
- Facebook page (off line) for founding fathers/King of England/colonists
- Twitter-Students chronologically share what they learn (from protagonist perspective)
- Interviews with subject area experts (university professors, authors, from England)
- Social Production
- Teachers teaching lessons to both classes/ groups
We are looking for the “perfect” collaboration partner(s) to help us “pioneer” learning about the American Revolution in the 21st Century. We are requesting the following criteria of our potential partner teacher/class:
- 5th grade currently studying “American Revolution” in their curriculum
- Teacher and students able to use Google Apps for collaboration
- Teacher and students able to skype
- Teacher and students willing and able to test new tools and methods
- Tentative timeline for collaboration: January/February 2011
- Committed to explore new forms of teaching and learning- Willing to test, revise, assess and share new forms
- Dependable, detailed oriented, deadline aware, flexible
If you match our “Wanted- Poster” and are interested to partner with us on this adventure, please contact me to discuss possible collaboration.