This past week, I had the amazing opportunity to work with a group of thirty teachers from my school district in Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown, VA. The program was run by the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute and was a most rewarding experience. As we were completely immersed in the 18th century, there was a constant challenge to make history come alive for our students. Creating meaningful and authentic learning in any subject is necessary and one way to accomplish this is by utilizing student’s interests with learning goals and to encourage them to construct meaning.
This poem format came to mind as I strolled past a British patrol one evening. The purpose is to compare a patriot’s view and a loyalist view of the same event(British take over of Williamsburg, 1781). However, it also highlights the methods of communication which are so essential in the 21st century community.
Directions: Write from two different perspectives about an event form the past using facebook updates, text messages, tweets, delicious bookmarks, tags, comments, web urls, pictures, wiki pages, and any other present day community building technology. It may look a little like the following…..