Week 10

SOL: 1.2 The student will describe the stories of American leaders and their contributions to our country,


with emphasis on George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, George

Washington Carver, and Eleanor Roosevelt.


Learning outcome: Students will be placed into groups of three and assigned a historical figure. Students will then use Pinterest to collect information and learn about their person. Students will then use the information collected to make a post on the classroom Instagram with a bio under the picture as a learning assessment. Rubrics would be provided with information that would be expected to be included in the bio.



Technology: Pinterest and Instagram

Pedagogy: collecting information on American leaders

Content: American leaders’ stories and contributions


TCK-Using social media platforms to learn about America’s historical figures through conducting research and presenting that knowledge through posting facts and images based on the content learned.

TPK- Researching facts about their assigned historical figure by using Pinterest, then creating an Instagram post that includes a picture and bio of that historical figure to portray their understanding of the material.

PCK- Instructing students on historical US figures using meaningful strategies students can use and be creative with. Guiding the students through learning about people from history by presenting interesting fact and figures found online.

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  1. Awesome post! I love the idea of the social media platforms being the way for the students to do independent and/or group research on their assigned historical figure. A rubric is a great way of assessing their learning, just curious to know the categories of the rubric and how it would be scored. Otherwise, great post!

  2. Will the Instagram posts be done in a group or individually? I think using Instagram as an assessment is very creative but I wonder if it really does assess their knowledge. They could just be copying and pasting information. Maybe giving them a certain amount of time to complete the activity in class would address that. I think Twitter or Facebook could also be an interesting platform to try because they can embody the character. Or stick with Instagram but instead of just a post they have to make an account for the figure and create several posts from their perspective. Just some ideas! Overall great concept. I really like that you mentioned using Pinterest that is not something that crossed my mind but Pinterest does have a lot of useful content that is easy to access.

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