Teacher Review for Reporting the Revolutionary War

Like winning the real war, this one takes some work but is worth the results!

Chris C.
Classroom teacher
Concordia International School Shanghai
Pudong, China
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My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
As an APUSH and US History teacher I find myself having an ever increasing amount of primary source documents (PSDs) at my disposal. Using PSDs is my first, best choice in the classroom. If you want an idea of what that looks like, check out Stanford History Education Group's (SHEG) (http://sheg.stanford.edu/rlh) materials or visit the Teaching Channel (https://www.teachingchannel.org/) and explore its Historical Thinking collection of classroom videos. I guide the students in acquiring the context, then we examine the author and content. I often use a modified form of the questions that SHEG has available as posters, for free, on their website.
My Take
The lesson materials are worth their weight in gold to teachers like me. That being said, dissecting another teacher's lessons will always take time, and is necessary to make the lesson your own. Combing the PSDs in the lessons with an approach closer to SHEG's model works best for me. So I salute and applaud both the teacher who collected the PSDs and put these lessons together, and the Reporting the Revolution team for supplying videos and additional links. A teacher who wishes to explore the American Revolution through PSDs would be well served by this site.