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From EduHound’s “Classroom Tools & Tips, this week’s topic is Harpers Ferry.

On October 16, 1859 John Brown, along with 21 followers, came to Harpers Ferry, Virginia, to strike a blow against slavery.  The raid failed and Brown was hanged in December.  Sixteen months later, the country erupted in civil war.

  • John Brown’s 1859 Raid on Harpers Ferry — Anniversaries provide unusual opportunities to draw attention and stimulate interest in historic figures and events.  This observance will provide an unprecedented opportunity to reflect on and revisit the life of John Brown as it relates to the larger context of slavery, the abolitionist movement, and the American civil rights movement.  http://www.harpersferryhistory.org/johnbrown.htm
  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park — for Teahers (US Natl Park Service) —  Resources include: Plan a Field Trip, Curriculum Materials, Professional Development, Traveling Trunks, NPS Focus, Additional Resources.  http://www.nps.gov/hafe/forteachers/index.htm
  • National Geographic Xpeditions: John Brown and the Underground Railroad — This lesson asks students to analyze John Brown’s attitudes and actions against slavery and the differences between his views and those of other people who were active in the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement.  http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/17/g912/undergroundrail.html
  • The American Experience: John Brown’s Holy War — Learn how John Brown led a righteous crusade against slavery, born of religious conviction — and carried it out with shocking violence.  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/brown/
  • History Now.  From the Teachers Desk: John Brown — This lesson attempts to introduce middle school students to John Brown and to separate history from myth and the man from the legend.  http://www.historynow.org/09_2005/lp3.html

EduHound also offers this tip:

eFIELDTRIPS.org (visit http://efieldtrips.org )

  • Trip Journal — First, the teacher downloads and gives students copy of a printed Trip Journal.  It is a simple one page fill-in-the- blank-type worksheet that helps to keep the students focused and provides a way for the teacher to grade student participation, if desired.  Students fill in the Trip Journal while they are completing the next component.
  • Virtual Visit — An interactive Flash movie that teaches the students about the eFieldTrip topic.  It can be completed at any time, and at the student’s own pace.  Typically, it takes about 15 minutes for a student to go through the Virtual Visit.
  • Ask the Experts — After completing the Virtual Visit, students  have an opportunity to interact with the experts.  Students can ask questions via an “Ask the Experts” web form, and receive an answer in 1-2 days.
  • Live Chat — Another way students can interact with experts is by participating in a live web chat at a scheduled time.   

EduHound’s “Classroom Tools & Tips” is a newsletter offering valuable ed tech resources to incorporate into K-12 curriculum.  Educational topics, preformatted templates, technology tutorials, and practical tips are featured.  Contact Judi Rajala at JRajala@eduhound.com with your suggestions for topics; share your templates and tips.

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