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American Revolutionary War Interactive Magazines:

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Introduction to ProjectAs part of their social studies curriculum and library/technology skills classes, 5th grade students researched, wrote and produced online magazines depicting their understanding of various Revolutionary War topics. Enjoy your reading and learning adventure! (Scoll down this page to see links to student projects)

Project Description:
This was a collaborative project between 5th grade Social Studies teacher, Ms. Johnson and Teacher-Librarian, Ms. Frachetti.

1. In Ms. Johnson's classroom, students studied and read about the American Revolutionary War, then selected an important person, group of people, event or legislation to research individually.
  • Students recognized multiple valid interpretations of factional information that was pertinent to their topic.
  • Students drew inferences from factual materials and worked in cooperative groups to support each others' research.
  • Students worked together to write a descriptive title for their group's magazine issue as well as to share creative titles/subtitles for their individual articles.
  • Students analyzed elements of a magazine to apply their understanding and shared learning via written paragraphs and fact boxes, which they transferred to the online magazine tool.
  • Students used their deeper level thinking skills to decide which images would best represent the key points of their research.

2. During Ms. Frachetti's library/technology classes, students learned the process and rationale for creating a bibliography to support a research-based written report. Students used a digital Web 2.0 tool to create individual bibliographic citations (which were copied into one group bibliography) in support of their final project, as well as how to find source information for a variety of sources (books, websites, magazine articles and databases). Additionally, students learned & used a variety of research & technology skills to:
  • Access their Google Accounts and online materials in a shared digital Google Classroom, conduct research and take notes using Google docs;
  • create a unique magazine cover using the Web 2.0 tool, Big Huge Labs, for which they worked with their group members to choose a background image that best represented their collective topics;
  • take a screen shot of the final cover image, save it and upload it to another Web 2.0 tool, JooMag, to create their online magazine;
  • use keyword search strategies to find and save appropriate online images to best represent the key points related to their topic and specific learning. These images were incorporated into slide shows as well as still images on their magazine pages.
  • use keyword search strategies to find and save media (sound effects, music, and/or video clips) to enhance their final projects;
  • create a simple podcast using the podcasting tool, Audacity;
  • organize and manipulate images, text boxes, video, & sounds within the online magazine tool to present their learning in an informative and creative manner.

Standards Addressed:
Content Standards:
Social Studies:
  • Standard 1 (History): Students will develop an understanding of how people view, construct, and interpret history. Students will analyze key historical periods and patterns of change over time within and across nations and cultures.
  • Standard 2 (Geography): Students will examine places and regions and the connections among them.
  • Standard 4 (Civics): Students analyze origins, structure, and functions of governments and their impacts on societies.

Common Core Standards for Literacy:
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1: Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2: Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3: Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2b: Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.9: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

Research & Technology Standards:
(Based on ISTE standards--International Society for Technology in Education)
  • Standard 2 (Communication & Collaboration): Students interact, collaborate and publish with peers, employing a variety of digital environments and media.
  • Standard 3 (Research & Information Fluency): Students locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
  • Standard 4 (Critical Thinking, Problem Solving & Decision Making): Students plan and manage activities to complete a project
  • Standard 6 (Technology Operations and Concepts): Students understand and use technology applications effectively and productively.