Grade 5

Beyond the Textbook

Open Book

Overview‚Äč

Due to a lack of content (in many textbooks) regarding the role women and minorities played during the Revolutionary War, students will be asked to compile resources using various resources including Michigan’s Open Book Project and various other online resources regarding a specific unit of study. Once curated these resources will be shared and utilized by the class in order to compare the roles these groups played and how their actions affected the outcome of the Revolutionary War.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Be able to research information regarding the roles played by women and minorities during the Revolutionary War.
  • Be able to create a shared hyperdoc of curated information from a variety of resources including Michigan’s Open Book Project.
  • Be able to compare the roles of women, African Americans, and American Indians during the Revolutionary War.

Vocabulary

  1. Curate: To curate is to gather and select resources for a specific purpose.
  2. Hyperdoc: A hyperdoc is a document which incorporates different interactive features by linking to web-based resources and activities

Pre-planning

  • Ensure students are familiar with how to engage in research and understand the importance of credible sources.

  • Teacher should know how to create hyperdocs.

  • Watch this Video tutorial for creating hyperdocs.

  • See 21Things4Teachers’s Digital Artifacts for more information regarding this topic.

Accommodations

Steps

  1. Whole group discussion regarding the way in which information is collected for a textbook. The goal of this discussion is for students to consider the following question: What viewpoints may be underrepresented in traditional textbooks and why.
  2. Explain that the learning target is to compare the roles played by various minority groups and women during the Revolutionary War - but to do this effectively, the class will need quality resources that showcase the impact of these groups.  
  3. Provide students with an opportunity to research this topic by exploring Michigan’s Open Book Project as well as other online resources.
  4. Students should work in small groups to compile quality resources within a hyperdoc.
  5. Groups will share their hyperdoc with the class in order to create a supplemental resource for the textbook.
  6. Students will explore these resources before comparing the roles of women, African Americans, and American Indians during the Revolutionary War.

Note

  • Possible Extensions: Students evaluate each of the resources submitted by peers, using a rubric (ultimately deciding whether or not to keep each of the resources).
  • Create a website or database of resources curated by students (reviewed by the teacher) for use by all.

Assessment Options

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Teacher will assess the resources compiled within the hyperdocs in order to determine whether or not the resources are of high quality and pertain to the topic.
  • Teacher may wish to work with students in order to create a rubric to assess the quality of a given resource.
  • Teacher will assess student work in order to determine if students are able to effectively compare the roles played by African Americans, American Indians, and women during the Revolutionary War and describe the ways in which these roles affected the outcome of the Revolutionary War.
  • Teacher may wish to work with students in order to create a rubric to assess this content.

ISTE Standards

Find It! Knowledge Constructor
3a. Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.

3C. Curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or  conclusions.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Device and Resources

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

Website:

Michigan Open Book Project

 

 

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

ELA

  • This lesson is easily modified to fit into any content area. Simply select a topic that is not thoroughly covered within the textbook and ask students to curate resources that could be used to further the class’s understanding of that topic.

Integrated Arts

  • This lesson is easily modified to fit into any content area. Simply select a topic that is not thoroughly covered within the textbook and ask students to curate resources that could be used to further the class’s understanding of that topic.

Math

  • This lesson is easily modified to fit into any content area. Simply select a topic that is not thoroughly covered within the textbook and ask students to curate resources that could be used to further the class’s understanding of that topic.

Science

  • This lesson is easily modified to fit into any content area. Simply select a topic or phenomenon that is not thoroughly covered within the textbook and ask students to curate resources that could be used to further the class’s understanding of that topic.

Social Studies

  • 5 – U3.2.3 Compare the role of women, African Americans, American Indians, and France in helping shape the outcome of the war.

Credits
This task card was created by Jean Smith, Van Buren Public Schools, January 2018.