Lesson 5 How Does the War Affect Us Today?
Students will be able to
· Explain how the Revolutionary War affects us today.
· Identify some of the long lasting effects of the Revolutionary War.
· Create a news broadcast about the impact of the Revolutionary War on people who lived during the Revolutionary War and people today.
The student will demonstrate responsible citizenship and develop skills for historical and geographical analysis, including the ability to
b) make connections between the past and the present;
e) evaluate and discuss issues orally and in writing;
· English 5.2
The student will use effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills to deliver planned oral presentations.
a) Maintain eye contact with listeners.
b) Use gestures to support, accentuate, and dramatize verbal message.
c) Use facial expressions to support and dramatize verbal message.
d) Use posture appropriate for communication setting.
e) Determine appropriate content for audience.
f) Organize content sequentially around major ideas.
g) Summarize main points as they relate to main idea or supporting details.
h) Incorporate visual media to support the presentation.
i) Use language and style appropriate to the audience, topic, and purpose.
· English 5.7
The student will write for a variety of purposes: to describe, to inform, to entertain, to explain, and to persuade.
a) Identify intended audience.
c) Organize information to convey a central idea.
f) Use precise and descriptive vocabulary to create tone and voice.
i) Include supporting details that elaborate the main idea.
· Music 5.4
The student will respond to music with movement.
1. Perform choreographed and non-choreographed movements.
Smartboard, Prezi Presentation, Yankee Doodle clip, The Fortunes Of War Traveling Trunk, computers, video-camera, various colored papers, scissors, makers/colored pencils/crayons, and glue.
1. Students will be asked to share what they learned last lesson. They will be asked to share about how the Revolutionary War affected those living during the time of the war. Next the teacher will ask students “ How do you think the Revolutionary War affects us today?”
2. After students share their ideas, students will view Prezi presentation about the long lasting effects of the Revolutionary War. Students will be encouraged to share any other impacts the war has had on people today.
3. Students will be told that there is another way that the war has impacted our lives. The teacher will then play the song Yankee Doodle. The teacher will ask students if they are familiar with this song. The teacher will explain to students that this song was written by the British to make fun of the Americans. The Americans however adopted the song and began singing as their own. The song was heard throughout the Revolutionary War from the time the British retreated at Concord to the Americans' surrender at Yorktown. This song lasts to this day and can often still be heard. It has been a song that is now precious to Americans.
4. The teacher will then ask the students to stand up and form a line next the teacher will ask the students to start marching around the room. The teacher will then stop the students and play the Yankee Doodle song and ask students to march. The teacher will then ask students how it felt to march with music and with out it. The teacher will ask students to explain why they think this song was sung by soldiers while they marched.
5. The teacher will explain to students that the Revolutionary War was the first time the United States had its own trained militia which had a lasting impact because to this day we have soldiers trained and fighting for our country.
6. The teacher will then allow students to explore the contents of The Fortunes Of War Traveling Trunk. The teacher will focus on sharing information about the military technology used during the Revolutionary War.
7. After this the students will be grouped into their six groups. In their groups they will create a news broadcast using all of the information they have learned in this unit. The broadcast will need to focus on explaining how the Revolutionary War affected those that lived during it and still affects us to this day. Three of the groups will focus on the impacts of the war to the people who lived at the time of the war while the other three groups will focus on the impacts of the war on us today. Groups can choose which topic they want to focus on. However, there will be a total of three news broadcasts because groups covering different impacts, impacts on people today and people in the past, will be paired together for the broadcasts.
8. Students will be allowed to use anything they created in previous lessons to enhance their broadcast. They may use the videos they made during the Events of the Revolutionary War lesson and costumes/other materials from The Fortunes Of War Traveling Trunk. They may also create new materials to enhance their broadcast using computers, paper, and other supplies available. They may use the computers to create something on PowerPoint or to display images.
9. Students will be given time to practice and then students will present their news broadcasts in front of the class and the teacher will videotape them.
Anecdotals will be the only assessment for keeping track of the music objective in this lesson.The news broadcasts are the summative assessments of this unit. The broadcasts will be graded using the rubric file below.
The marching meets the needs of kinesthetic learners, while the Yankee Doodle song meets the needs of auditory and musical learners. The Prezi reaches visual learners needs and The Fortunes Of War Traveling Trunk meets the needs of tactile learners. The ability to act out scenes rather than speak during the broadcast is an option for students who are ELLs and/or students with speaking disabilities/low speaking ability.
You could have students create a digital story using their news broadcasts.
You could have students listen to more music from the colonial times and critic it.