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Peer Review

The Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704



Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jan 20, 2007 by History Editorial Board
Overview: The Raid on Deerfield in 1704 is an interactive assessment of the raid on Deerfield. Site users are able to develope their own understanding about the events by learning about the five groups involved in the Raid.
Type of Material: A Case Study using text, drawings, interactive maps, video and voice reoordings, scholarly essays, reading lists, and primary source documents.
Recommended Uses: United States Survey Course. Colonial America Course.
Technical Requirements: Some free downloads are required.
Identify Major Learning Goals: To develope student skills of analysis and critical thinking. To encourage students to consider different perspectives on a single historic event. To enable students to learn the cultural background of five groups living in 18th century North America.
Target Student Population: College Survey Students. Upper Level High School Preparatory Students. Colonial History Students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Some Knowledge of North American History is helpful but not necessary.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The content is excellent with cultural information on background, scenic descriptions, foodways, clothing, entertainment and leisure, society, and government for the French and English in North America and the Wendat (Huron), Kanienkehaka (Mohawk), and Wobanaki in North America. The site provides users with biographical information about the leading personalities for all five groups, cultural artifacts, maps, timelines, and songs and voices of the era for each group. The site offers an excellent combination of both narrative and primary sources from mutliple persepctives.
Concerns: None.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The site offers educators resources to use this site as a learning object in the teaching of United States History. Resources include books, journal articles, contemporary and recent essay, unpublished documents, and related websites. A glossary of terms is offered for all five groups. There is a Teacher's Guide with suggestions for classroom use at a variety of educational levels. The site's clarity and usability make it an effective teaching tool at a variety of educational levels. Educators can pick and choose what portions of the site work best in their teaching environment.
Concerns: None.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The site is easy to navigate. Downloads are identified at the beginning and can be added for free. The introduction offers a visually effective transformation of a specific location, Deerfield, over time as different groups resided there. The audio is completed by subtitles for the hearing impaired.
Concerns: None were detected in the review of the site.

Other Issues and Comments: A valuable resource for anyone who teaches colonial America. I think the use of native American advisors in creating the glossary was particularly appropriate.