In order to demonstrate our fledgling knowledge of occupations in colonial America, we began to create a shared Google Presentation. Students were asked to explain what the occupation was (based on their research) and connect with it in some personal way. Here are the directions for that activity. Here is what it looks like so far - much more to do, however:
My belief is that by having my students personally connect with the people living in 1768 Boston, they will be better able to empathize with them, understand why America needed to declare independence, and remember what they learn for many years to come! I also will be having students spend time reading each others' posts and commenting on them as if each post were like mail correspondence. Seeing it from different perspectives will help make meaning stronger and also offer students the opportunity to see exemplars.