EDSC 304 - Digital Unit Proposal

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Digital Unit Proposal covering the origins of the American Revolution


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Origins of the American Revolution:

Origins of the American Revolution By Christopher Vialovos (EDSC 304-50)

Common Core State Standards for History-Social Science:

Common Core State Standards for History-Social Science CCSS – HSS-11.1 Students analyze the significant events in the founding of the nation and its attempts to realize the philosophy of government described in the Declaration of Independence.  CCSS - HSS-11.1.2 Analyze the ideological origins of the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers’ philosophy of divinely bestowed unalienable natural rights, the debates on the drafting and ratification of the Constitution, and the addition of the Bill of Rights.

Unit Goals and 21st Century Skills:

Unit Goals and 21 st Century Skills Big Ideas/Unite Goals What were the causes of the American Revolution? What ideas influenced the colonists to pursue independence? Who were these individuals? What was the economic, political, and social impact of the French-Indian War on the British colonies in the New World? 21 st Century Skills Students will utilize various internet search engines (Google Scholar) to mine for primary sources. Moreover, they will be asked to think critically and problem solve while throughout the lesson. Collaboration is also imperative for this lesson. Students will need to rely on each other to effectively work through the lesson activities. Overall, this lesson will be an introduction in civic literacy and present important information on their rights to be engaged as citizens at local, state, national, and global levels.

Learning Objectives/ Assessments:

Learning Objectives / Assessments Learning Objectives Students will be able to recall the main premises of Enlightenment thinkers (i.e. Locke, Montesquieu, Voltaire). Student will be able to analyze the impact of the various laws passed by Parliament on the colonists. Students will be able to describe the economic, social, and political impact of the French-Indian War on the British colonies. Assessments Entry-Level: Anticipation guide; lecture Guided Notes Formative: Graphic organizer; in-class presentation Summative: in-class essay;

Learning Activities:

Learning Activities 1. While lecturing on the Enlightenment thinkers, students will fill out their guided notes worksheets. Lecture will consist of a PowerPoint presentation that is also embedded with excerpts of primary documents and questions to answer with those documents. Students will be given the time to answer these question in groups of 3-4. 2. In groups of 3-4. students will be given a hand out with a series of laws that were implemented by the British Parliament. Each group will utilize their tablets/laptops to conduct research on their laws. They will be asked to not only understand the meaning of the law, but what brought about the laws, what effects did the laws have on the colonist, and what were the colonists responses. Finally, each group will be asked to present their findings.

Why did I choose this topic?:

Why did I choose this topic? I chose the origins of the American Revolution because it tells the complicated story of the United States of America’s transition from colony to sovereign nation. This unit presents the opportunity for students to recognize the liberties that are unalienable to them and where they came from. Additionally, it lays the groundwork for the conflict of ideologies that is present in a nation championing liberty and self-determination, while maintaining the peculiar institution of slavery, during the crafting of the U.S. Constitution. To be honest, I am not sure if this unit is a great choice for a technology rich lesson plan. A unit that covers the 20 th century may have been a better choice, but I figured that the rise of digital archives would allow for a digital unit to be created.

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