Then, have students watch one or more of the videos on this list.
Next, they’ll respond to this writing prompt:
Watch the videos, and read the two lists. In your own words, please share some (at least three) of the reasons they say it’s important to study history. To what extent do you agree with what they are saying? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.
Here’s the latest edition of this regular feature . These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they may have originally been published on an earlier date).
Make #MLKDay about reminding America “be true to what you said on paper” and building the Beloved Community by eradicating racism, war and poverty; not just about a day of service. Let’s dedicate our lives to justice and peace. #MLK#MLK50Forwardpic.twitter.com/UP4TZnaOQ3
A thread of #MLK speeches and sermons in which he speaks truth to power, shares about his philosophy of nonviolence and expounds on issues of injustice and what our righteous, rigorous response should be. Relevant. Revelatory. Revolutionary. #MLKDay#MLK50Forward
Next, I collected tweets from the last two books on teaching ELLs which I co-authored with Katie Hull.
Here are tweets from my third book on student motivation, Building A Community Of Self-Motivated Learners. I’m now working on the fourth volume in the series. You can find free resources from all my books here.
This post contains a few examples from this year’s classes.
In addition, after they complete this project, about a third of those students assist my English Language Learner World and U.S. History students create ones, too. They are doing that now, and I’ll share examples from the ELL students next week.
This year, Kelsie Burnell, one of the talented student teachers working with me, created this simple hand-out for my ELL students to introduce the idea of a “What If?” project to them, and it seemed to go fairly well. Here’s what the hand-out contains, and you can download it here:
“What If” Project
Think of an important moment in your life that led to other things happening (moving, starting at a new school, playing on a sports team, divorce, loss, etc.). Write down the specific event that took place.
What did that event lead to? What other events occurred as a result?
What may have happened if that event never happened at all?