U.S. History II weekly video

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Within U.S. History II, I developed the practice of having students review various video segments from www.hjistory.com that coincide with the decade being discussed and reviewed.  Students were provided with the graphic organizer and the video segment was loaded onto the library computer, (so that I could be working with students in U.S. History I at the same time in another location).

Students would review the video segment, usually not focusing on a specifiic historical event I would cover during instruciton time, but more about American culture during the time period being reviewed.

The goal of this activity was to engage the students in learning about individuals, items, practicies associated with a historical time period that would not necessrily be reviewed in class.  Topics could include (in)famous individuals, physical items such as toys used in the time period/decade, news events and occurrences such as sporting activities, etc.

Students would then need to analyze the event using the graphic organizer not only for information about the event, but also how the event could impac tthe students in today;'s world.

For each week, there would be a packet of 5 (1 for each day) graphic organizers.  Students would complete the packet for a grade in place of a test/assessment.  The goal is to not only analyze an audio/visual lesson on a partiuclar subject, but also to formulate a connection between that subject and the world today.