Lesson Plan

Flip and Scoop: Using Scoop.it and the Flipped Classroom to Study Black History

This lesson uses the flipped slassroom and Scoop.it to help students learn and teach about black history.
Robin U.
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
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Students will be able to...

-- identify key African American scientists, writers, inventors and everyday heroes 

-- curate research links into a personal research newsletter

-- collaborate on a classroom research project or shared learning resources

-- reflect on content and process learning

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 5 – 12
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1 People We Need to Know

Talk with students about the African American inventors, scientists, war heroes and everyday heroes that they know about. The list is probably not too long.

Explain that this lesson is going to help them learn about and teach each other about one person they admire from this list.

Each student (or they can work in pairs) should choose one person from the list that they want to learn and teach about.

You can use these links or add your own. You can add poets, writers and artists if you want this to be an arts lesson. This part of the lesson is for students to look at lists and choose a person they want to research.

2 The Scoop

In class, students will get Scoop.it accounts for free. 

Provide a mini-lesson on how to use Scoop.it, including  how to curate links and how to write your own insights on the links. (Provide a handout if necessary or have students take notes).

After getting the accounts - it's time for the first flip.

Students should go home and find 3 - 5 "scoops" on the person of their choice. They need to read the articles carefully and write notes (twitter size) that Scoop calls "insights" about each article they read.

Tell the students that they will have to come to the next class with their insights and they will have to talk about WHY they chose the person they chose with the class.

This step is designed to prevent students from just copying and pasting or skimming articles online by:

1) having them write insights on paper

2) keeping the insights to a tweet length

3) remembering WHY they chose the person to research

3 Group Share

Activity: Presenting

At this point, each student will share for between 1 - 2 minutes with the rest of the group. They will tell the group why they chose the person they did.

This should accomplish three things:

1. Pique the other students' interest in learning more about other scientists, inventors and everyday heroes.

2. Help the students see in general the contributions made to history and technology and science by African Americans.

3. Prepare students for the next step.

4 Insights

Students will take the next 10 - 15 minutes to write their insights on their Scoop It pages.

At this point, as the teacher, you have a few choices to prepare for the next step.

With a free Scoop It account, students can share their scoops in three ways:

1. Email a newsletter to you. (they can only send three per free account).  You can forward the email to as many students as you like. With this scenario, students can sign up to learn about 1 - 3 more people after the session. Students can email the newsletter once and then forward it to the other students who signed up.

2. If the classes have Blogger accounts and/or you have one, you can embed all of the Scoops to your Blogger account and students can either sign up OR read about 1 - 3 more people through your blog or through a list of student blogs.

3. Students can paste links of their scoops in emails or on their blogs or on a class blog or Google site  (not as nice to look at). 

This step depends on time, internet connectivity, and goal -- do you want to create your own class scoops webpage for students for next year as well?

Do you want to have a gallery page on your blog?

Do you want students to visit each others' blogs and post comments?

By learning to use Scoop It, you can see the different ways to use it in the classroom depending on the outcome you want.

Either way, it's time for the next Flip.

5 Final Flip

In this step, students read each others' Scoops and insights at home. You can assign as many as you like depending on time,  grade level and other differentiation reasons.

Either way, students need to make sure they have "signed up" so that every person is covered at least once. 

Students will read about 1 - 3 people and then prepare their own insights about each person, rather than each article. Insights should be handwritten and consist of 2 - 3 points about each person.

Students should be prepared to talk about what they have learned.

6 Parter Share Mashup

Activity: Conversing

In this step, students take a few minutes to look over their notes and prepare for the mash-up. 

Have students walk around the room (with their notes) in a random way until you call out "freeze." At that point, students should grab a partner, find a space to talk and share their insights. Try to get through all and ask one question at the end.

Do this several times with students choosing different partners each time.

Excitement should build and nerves should be calmed as this won't be a whole group presentation.

By repeating their insights, they should learn more about the people they researched and studied rather than just .

By having to go quickly, it will leave them wanting more.

7 Reflection

Activity: Other — Writing

This step could be tech or non-tech depending on the teacher.

Students should reflect on what they've learned and include the following ideas:

1. Did any of the people inspire you?

2. What did you learn about history?  Why do you think you hadn't heard of many of the people you learned about until this lesson?

3. What was it like to write short insights about articles and people?

4. How was the share?

You can phrase the questions any way you like depending on the age of the student and the focus of the lessons. Writing about process as well as content is always valuable either way.

One final note for the teacher: This lesson can take place over several days or it can be condensed into one day and night (if necessary). It can also be spread out over a couple of weeks if you don't have time to do all the lessons in a row.  

One of the main goals in the lesson is to keep students active and engaged by challenging them and combining different types of activities. This should help them really learn rather than just forget the content in the coming days.