• What did you accomplish for your final project?

    I created my module and came up with effect activities to use for an Introduction to the Crucible.   I was able to find videos and articles off of the internet t […]

  • What did you accomplish for your final project?

    I created my module and came up with effect activities to use for an Introduction to the Crucible.   I was able to find videos and articles off of the i […]

    • Your learning objectives:

      • Articulate the basic principles of Puritanism
      • Explain the events leading up to the Salem witchcraft trials
      • Identify the individuals central to the Salem witch trials and to the play The Crucible
      • Synthesize and evaluate facts to speculate the underlying causes of the witch hysteria (mass hysteria)
      • Draw connections between the events of 1692 and the modern world
      • Articulate the basic and underlying principles of McCarthyism

      My feedback:

      The module is laid out very cleanly, with top level folder (Puritanism, McCarthyism, Red Scare, and Salem Witch Trials). You can take out the TPACK on the last one now.

      Puritanism: Do you have to add an assignment and a discussion as two separate things ? It seems a little confusing to me. Same thing for assignment 2, could you embed the resources folder in the assignments 2 folder. I think the design would look cleaner that way. Overall this assignment is fine, reading, watching videos, and then writing and taking a quiz. If you were interested in creating student to student interaction you could craft some reply prompts for students to discuss their initial views on puritanism, compare and contrast those views, etc.

      McCarthyism: In your first discussion, you ask students if they have heard of Sen. Joe McCarthy. I would think about asking yes/no questions, as they often will not solicit great answers. You have several yes/no questions on this prompt. This lesson then follows a similar style to the previous one with videos and readings. The final assessment is a short answer discussion prompt. Couldn’t all students just pretty much copy other students answers to this?I think there is a way to set it up so you can only see others responses once you respond, but it makes me wonder if a discussion board is really the tool you want here. Is there a reason for the students to see each others’ responses? If not maybe a different tool is better.

      Red Scare: That’s a really great discussion question. I think it could a great discussion point for students. Consider asking students to reply to one another – maybe prompting them to relate personal stories to others peers’ posts. Or to relate other lessons in this module. Just ideas, you can come up with better ones I am sure

      salem witch trials: Just realized this is your first assignment in the module but it is located at the bottom of the assignment lists. Maybe re-organize for clarity

      I like your module, You primarily have students read, watch videos, and then write. I think you can utilize the discussion boards a bit more to have students reply to each other or to collaborate. These methods you are using may be best for your content. I have seen in the past some pretty cool things where digital tools are used to do word counts within texts, which provides a jumping of point for conversations about why authors used certain words more than others (and this gets really cool if you do the same thing for several texts by one author and look at how the words they used change over time). I also had a student last year who used 3d printers to replicate artifacts from authors and stories they were studying (Poe’s spectacles and keys, George Washington’s fake teeth, etc.) This can also be done to illustrate time periods.

      Nice job on this. Happy Holidays!

  • VR and the video / information presented was nice to look at.  I like the idea of tailoring lessons for students as well as creating another avenue of getting information across.  I am worried, though, that s […]

  • VR and the video / information presented was nice to look at.  I like the idea of tailoring lessons for students as well as creating another avenue of getting information across.  I am worried, though, that s […]

  • Did you achieve each of these learning goals? To what degree? In what goal, did you experience the most change?
    I think I am pretty good with electronic communication for the K-12 environment.  I am going to […]

  • Did you achieve each of these learning goals? To what degree? In what goal, did you experience the most change?

    I think I am pretty good with electronic communication for the K-12 environment.  I am going to […]

  • I am still struggling with MOOCs or the idea of them.  This could be because I am still struggling to let go of the idea of a full-fledged face-to-face classroom and all of the benefits it brings which out weighs […]

  • I am still struggling with MOOCs or the idea of them.  This could be because I am still struggling to let go of the idea of a full-fledged face-to-face classroom and all of the benefits it brings which out weighs […]

  • Progress is slow and steady.  Time management the last week has not been my best friend, as I have been preparing for my community theatre shows as well as midterms.  I have all of my folders and outline r […]

  • Progress is slow and steady.  Time management the last week has not been my best friend, as I have been preparing for my community theatre shows as well as midterms.  I have all of my folders and outline r […]

  • My topic is an introductory unit to The Crucible.  Students will be looking at the Salem Witch Trials, McCarthyism, Puritanism, and other elements to gain a strong background as they prepare for their reading.  T […]

  • My topic is an introductory unit to The Crucible.  Students will be looking at the Salem Witch Trials, McCarthyism, Puritanism, and other elements to gain a strong background as they prepare for their reading.  T […]

  • By close of the semester I wish to have a more-than-working model of a module I can readily implement into the classroom.  I have the following topics in mind for an introduction to The Crucible: Puritans, […]

  • By close of the semester I wish to have a more-than-working model of a module I can readily implement into the classroom.  I have the following topics in mind for an introduction to The Crucible: Puritans, […]

  • Lesson Description:
    This lesson is the first part of a module geared towards high school English students in grade 11 (American Literature) dealing with an introduction to The Crucible with a focus on […]

  • Lesson Description:

    This lesson is the first part of a module geared towards high school English students in grade 11 (American Literature) dealing with an introduction to The Crucible with a focus on […]

  • I like the pre-assessment of figuring out the strengths and weaknesses of students. How will you go about using this information to gear your course/module? I think helping them, at the beginning, with their […]

  • brentfleisher posted a new activity comment 5 years, 1 month ago

    I like the pre-assessment of figuring out the strengths and weaknesses of students. How will you go about using this information to gear your course/module? I think helping them, at the beginning, with their weekly / monthly plan is crucial. As you point out, many of these students may not be ready for a course like yours with the expectations…[Read more]

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