When we return to school on Monday, January 5th, students in Mrs. Hesseltine's 7th Grade U.S. History Lab will continue their work on interactive video timelines regarding the events leading to the American Revolution. Please check back often, as samples of student work will be displayed here (and you may learn a little something about the road to the American Revolution)! Upon completing the videos using an iPad App, Adobe Voice, students will then look deeper into the Boston Massacre. Students will then think critically about "the shot heard 'round the world" with a comparison of the paragraph in the textbook about the Battle of Lexington and Concord with primary source documents from Stanford History Education Group (SHEG). Students will compare these two resources to discover why historians still question who fired the first shot in the American Revolution. As you can see, we will hit the ground running on January 5th--in the meantime, enjoy the start of this new year! --Mrs. Hesseltine
Happy New Year! We will begin 2015 in Mrs. Hesseltine's 8th Grade U.S. History Lab with a study of Early 20th Century Immigration in the United States. Students will take part in a pilot program with an online educational technology company entitled, "ZoomIn!". Students will learn about immigration by testing the new ZoomIn! online tool that gives students an opportunity to think critically about U.S. History through an exploration of interactive primary source documents and images. Students will have the opportunity to communicate their learning through a structured online writing module prompting students to support specific claims with evidence from the primary source documents. Students will meet in the lower level library computer lab for four class periods to examine political cartoons, documents, images and other primary sources that will help students to answer the question: What hopes and fears did Americans have about the arrival of new immigrants in the 1900's?
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Mrs. Jennifer Hesseltine teaches United States History at the Malone Middle School in Malone, New York. When not at school, Mrs. Hesseltine can be found researching innovative ways to peak student interest in learning. Mrs. Hesseltine was recently accepted into the first cohort of TED-Ed Innovative Educators, the education initiative of TED Talks. Mrs. Hesseltine is also a contributing author of the Teaching Channel Blog, and has also contributed ideas to the TED-Ed Blog and Education Week Teacher with Larry Ferlazzo. Contact Mrs. Hesseltine via email at email@example.com, or via Twitter @jenhesseltine.