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Title – War of 1812
By – Angela Ferris
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Grade Level – Grade 7
- Students are able to work well in groups
- Student are fairly confident in content area
- Students have completed all assigned reading in preparation for the unit test.
- By the end of this lesson students will be able to:
- List the main parties in the war of 1812
- Analyze the results of war hypothesizing who benefited the most.
- Discuss at least two people who had a significant role within the war.
- Explain the key aspects of war drawing on specific examples
Materials: Each student will need to have paper and pens.
- 1) Explain to students that the day will be used as a review for the test tomorrow.
- 2) Divide students into groups of 3 or 4.
- 3) Each group should be asked to create an outline, a mind map, graphic organizer or any other device that will enable them to communicate their summary to others, of one aspect or part of the war of 1812.
- 4) Instruct the students to use questions such as:
- What was the major event
- What were some of the event’s key points
- What people were involved in the event
- What were the results
- 5) Invite the groups to share with the rest of the class.
- OR Number the students off and create a jigsaw method.
- 6) Review any other material that the students should study for the next days test
- Students may be nervous about the test
- Students may be distracted by students that do not function well in groups.
- Reassure students that the review time is also a good time to ask questions of the teacher and each other.
- Let the groups spread to different parts of the room or perhaps the library.
- If the students are unmotivated to work in groups, suggest prompting questions
- If the students do not feel the activity is stimulating enough, suggest making a poem or song out of their findings.
- Formative: How well the students work in groups
- Summative: How well the students do on the test
Enrichment: If the students reach mastery, have them take some time to review their own notes OR create a question answer period.
Remediation: If the students do not reach the objectives, web sites and readings will be reinforced for study purposes.
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