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What Did George Post Today? Learning About People of the American Revolution Through Facebook

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What Did George Post Today?  Learning About People of the American Revolution Through Facebook

Grades 6 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Nine 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kathy Wickline

Kathy Wickline

Tolono, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

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OVERVIEW

Creating Facebook-like presentations via Microsoft PowerPoint will engage and motivate students to learn about famous people of the American Revolution.  To gain background knowledge prior to their study of the Revolutionary War, students will research people who played an important role during this time period.  While sharing their research in their PowerPoint presentations, students provide written feedback.

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FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE

In “Creating a Classroom Ning:  Developing an Environment for Social Networking,” in Lesson Plans for Developing Digital Literacies, Abigail Kennedy points out that teachers need to be “in tune of how to best reach” their students who communicate using different methods than those of past generations.  For example, according to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, nearly three quarters of the teens communicate through social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace (Lenhart).  This lesson plan combines this popular form of communication for many teens with research skills by having students create faux Facebook PowerPoint presentations for famous people of the American Revolution.

 

Further Reading

Lenhart, Amanda, Kristen Purcell, Aaron Smith, and Kathyrn Zickuhr. "Social Media and Young Adults." PewInternet. Pew Research Center, 2012. Web. 25 Feb. 2012. http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Social-Media-and-Young-Adults.aspx.

Christel, Mary, and Scott Sullivan, eds. 2010. Lesson Plans for Developing Digital Literacies. Urbana, IL: NCTE.

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