Teach American History Blog

Out of the Box Teaching Tools

At the Keynote back in October, you all requested more "out of the box" teaching tools, like the "Apologize" and "Bad Romance" videos. I created a new link on the Wiki for this, and I've broken it down by era, but also have a place for "Any" or "Other" (such as geography, world history, etc).

So far, I haven't had many opportunities to add to this list except where it fit with the workshops we were covering because 5 mini-institutes and a book study eats up a lot of time, but now that we have a lull until the next series of mini-institutes, I'll spend some time searching these out. I do want to point out the "Roosevelt Rap" that is both educational and ridiculous. I didn't make it through the entire rap- I gave up and read the lyrics. It could be an interesting lesson though, for your students to create a rap or song or poem about a person or moment in history.

This all being said, I want some input from you all. If you find any of these great teaching tools, post them on the Wiki! If you're scared to post anything to the Wiki, please feel free to email me and I will post it.

Posted by Ashleigh Oatts - Friday, 12/14/2012, 03:51 PM - Comments -


Comment by Jamie Rhodes on December 17, 2012 - 07:32 AM

I took a chance and let my fifth graders watch "Bad Romance" since we were just finishing up our lesson over women's rights. My students actually loved the video. I wasn't sure if they would "get" it since they were in fifth grade, but we watched it about 5 times. Each time we would watch, I would pause the video in certain parts and we would discuss the characters and the meaning behind what they were doing. I really believe this video helped them to understand the content and hopefully will stay with them for a while. If there are any other good videos out there, I would love to have a list. I feel that videos are a great teaching resource when used correctly and not as entertainment.

Comment by Robert Smith on December 24, 2012 - 01:24 PM

I let my U.S. Government classes watch "Bad Romance.'" during a study of the amendments. They really liked the music and were able to relate to the characters and the plot. I did give some prior explanation to the "forced feeding" scene to help the students better understand the price some paid for the right to vote. I plan to use this again with my government classes and with my history classes this spring.

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