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Catalog of Lessons by Category > Collaboration > History 2017-10-03T00:52:51+00:00
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I have been teaching 6th grade for 10 years and in my experience I have discovered that my students learn History best through interactive lessons or an experiential exercise. It is apparent, through my experience that students at this age learn better through collaboration than through an auditory lecture. I was teaching the rise of feudalism in medieval Europe to my 6th grade history students at the beginning of the year. In my lesson I assigned roles to my students, which included a monarch, a knight, a lord, and a serf. I redesigned my classroom into a “feudal” kingdom and each student had to play their part in the feudal society from the serfs who had to the grow crops, the lords who had to take charge of their manors and swear in the knights, to the knights who defended them. I had several adults come in and “attack” the kingdom, while the knights had to defend the lord, the serfs, the manors, and the monarch. This exercise allowed my students to take a complex concept such as feudalism and learn how it worked, how it changed medieval society, and how it affected the people in a fun and interactive way. History is not always fun for some students, it is often quite challenging in fact, but as a teacher I have learned that I can help my students learn in exciting ways and help them see how the things of the past affect our modern world. The students will never forget feudalism!
At the end of last year, during 7th grade, each history class completed a project known as “The Decades Project.” This project took place during history class, where each class was divided into two groups. Each group was then assigned a decade during the 1900s. To begin the project, each group did research about what the life was like during the certain decade they were assigned. After the research was completed, our teacher allowed us to start the fun part…which would be observed by the parents and teachers of the 7th grade. This part included each group designing a set of the daily life of their decade. The set included places such as clothing stores, markets, or even people just talking on the street about important events that were occurring in their time period. It all depended on the decade you were assigned. Parts were chosen for each member of the groups, such as salespeople, or even just a family in a park. This project helped us learn more about each decade, helped us learn to work in a group, and even helped us become closer to people in our class.
(American): This year, one day in history class we were discussing the four different Atlantic revolutions. We were split into four different groups of about five people. Each group was assigned to create a diagram of a specific revolution. Our group had the American Revolution. We had to fill in boxes with the appropriate answers such as the date, the fighting sides, and specific people that were involved. This forced us to look at the revolution as a timeline and organized it into our brains…The groups were a little big but we all could collaborate on ideas and come up with a lot of ideas. We had to divide the work evenly amongst ourselves without the teacher’s involvement. Of course we came across the problem that every group has; there are slackers, over-achievers, leaders, and followers. We had to figure out what everyone’s strength was and divide the task up according to that.