You Say You Want a Revolution
Students in Grade 9 Humanities just completed a study of the causes and effects of revolutions in modern world history. They began the unit with a close examination of the stages of the Russian Revolution. Students created posters using Glogster to make a timeline of the key causes and stages of the Russian Revolution.
While they were learning about the Russian Revolution, students read the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell. Students compared the characters and events in the novel to the historical figures and events from the Russian Revolution. Students analyzed and discussed Orwell’s message and the power of literature as political and social commentary.
For their final project, students analyzed a revolution of their choosing. Working in groups, students researched revolutions in different parts of the world such as Haiti, China, Mexico, Cuba, as well as recent revolutions in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. Students were required to use scholarly sources and were introduced to EBSCO and SIRS research databases.
To keep track of their research, students used Microsoft OneNote to compile, organize, and share their notes with each other. Next, students had to analyze the causes and effects of their revolution. They used Crane Brinton’s “model” of revolution and compared their revolution to the Russian Revolution to determine if there were any patterns or similarities. Finally, they had to evaluate whether the goals of the revolution were achieved, who lost and who gained the most, and how the political, social, and economic order of society changed as a result of the revolution.
Students got creative with their presentations using multimedia such as Windows Movie Maker, Glogster, and Prezi, to communicate their findings with their peers. There may be some future film directors in the ninth grade!
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