IB-OPVL & Mao Lesson Plan
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IB-OPVL & Mao Lesson Plan


IB-OPVL & Mao Lesson Plan

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This lesson plan is designed for a 9th or 10th grade student who is about to enter IB History. Teachers may utilize this lesson to help their students begin to analyze the authenticity of sources that they are given. The OPVL (Origin, Purpose, Value, Limitations) format that is followed throughout this lesson is consistent with the program in the Diploma Program (11th and 12th grade).  This lesson uses Mao’s Hundred Flowers Campaign but the content itself is interchangeable. The skills that are... More
Material Type: Assessment Tool
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: May 19, 2012
Date Modified in MERLOT: June 29, 2012
Keywords: World Studies, IB, OPVL, History, MYP


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Primary Audience: Middle School, High School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: iPads, SmartBoards
Language: English
Material Version: 1
Cost Involved: unsure
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Avatar for Hersh Sisodia
2 years ago

Hersh Sisodia (Administrator)

The objective of the lesson is to have students analyze primary and secondary documents, and identify the credibility of each document.  This is a great skill for students to fine tune. It combines learning world history and improving their literacy skills. The plan provides the necessary framework for students to achieve this.   I noticed that student are only analyzing wirtten content, could students analyze other multimedia sources?

Technical Remarks:

Could other technology besides iPad be used? iPad is still a relatively okay tool and expensive too. How about a netbook?

Time spent reviewing site: 20 mins

Avatar for Laura Collins
2 years ago

Laura Collins (Student)

This lesson makes students analyze primary and secondary documents and identify the credibility of each.  This is such an important skill for students and one that is often forgotten.  The OVPL provides the necessary framework for students to do this.  While students are learning important world history content, they are strengthening their literacy skills.

Students are creating written products as result of lesson.  Is it possible to offer another option, like a auditory analysis of source?  Could differentiated products be offered as options? Also, besides the written documents, is it possible for any other multimedia sources to be analyzed? 

Technical Remarks:

Is the internet the only reason the iPad is needed?  If so, could use any computer/device with search engine for this.  For many schools, iPads are not available.

Links to documents could also be provided as hyperlinks for access to the materials for users.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes