Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Harlem Renaissance Project

My students are currently working on researching the Harlem Renaissance.  In honor of African American History Month, we are learning about the fascinating people who helped shape the arts in our country during the 1920's.

We started the unit by watching a short video from Brain Pop on the Harlem Renaissance and then discussing some of the vocabulary words presented.  I had them first try and fill in the worksheet on their own, but had a collaborative follow up so that all students had the same information.  It was a great conversation and the kids really did a great job.  Here is the worksheet that we used -- we typed in the definitions using Google Drive -- but you could do pencil/paper if you aren't a Google Apps for Education school.

Next, each student will be researching a major player of the Harlem Renaissance and then creating a presentation highlighting what they learned.  Students will have the option of creating a Comic Life document, a Google Drawing or Slides presentation, or perhaps even a short podcast.  They can use the Research Tool in Google Drive, or use the Symbaloo Webmix below.

I'll be sure to post some student examples in the future when the kids are wrapping up the unit.  I'm really looking forward to seeing what they create.

I love, love, LOVE Symbaloo!!  It's super simple to use and I love the ease in collection, sharing, and curating links for my students to use.  Each image is a link to a resource and each resource opens in a new tab on your web browser.  If you haven't tried making your own web mix -- check out my friend Susan's blog post on everything Symbaloo.  We presented this at the #FETC conference a week ago.  It's a great resource!


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