Historical Facebook Pages
Helping students to understand the relationship between historical figures and the environments in which they lived. Students commonly view historical figures as just that – boring people from a time long ago. Students struggle to really understand who these individuals are, the environment in which they lived, and how their life influenced others around them. In this assignment, students create a Historical Facebook page for historical figures. Teachers can easily modify this assignment to stretch across multiple subject areas and grade levels.
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Kevin Karkkainen (Teacher (K-12))
You have a built-in engagement factor here because you are using Facebook. Great idea! Will you guide students to certain sites for their research or will students be free to choose where their info comes from? This is also a fantastic way to get students applying history and social studies. Something that can be challenging sometimes. I was trying to think of something similar to this for use next year. Thanks!
Lindsay Sanders (Teacher (K-12))
The lesson for creating a Facebook page for major historical figures is a unique way to engage students in the understanding of these people and their contributions to society. The lesson is organized in a fashion that allows students to learn background knowledge on their person via internet search engines prior to creating the Facebook page, which will be sure that students are still learning the key information and not building their page as they go along. I know my students would be thrilled to be able to use "Facebook" in school and not get in trouble for doing so. Giving students a guideline but also allowing for flexibility and creativity during the lesson displays UDL principles. It is also nice that you are having your students share lesson plans in various ways.
Deborah Johnson (Teacher (K-12))
I can tell from this lesson plan that students would be very eager to complete this assignment! The buy-in factor will not be difficult. Since you are having students use the internet to research their character, I can see how different sites will provide Universal Design for Learning. Students will have freedom to use different resources to obtain their data that best fit their learning style. It is also helpful that you are providing a sample for students. This type of assignment could be very valuable to student learning, particularly because students can relate to what “Friends” are considered and so forth. They start to take that person’s life and connect it to real-world, modern day connections. Great job!
Do you have any particular websites that students will be encouraged to use while completing the research? Also, is there a template link for your Facebook PowerPoint? This could be very valuable to any users of MERLOT that would like to complete this lesson.