The French Revolution- A mixed book presentation.


Common Craft style videos where students must summarize and reprocess a social studies concept. In this case it was Influential Enlightenment Ideas

John Locke

Influential John Locke from Molly Lynde on Vimeo.

British Common Law

Influential Common Law from Molly Lynde on Vimeo.

The Mack Attack: An Examination of Machiavelli's The Prince and Real World Application.
October 2010. Henrico21 document link

Students created posters designed in a Machiavellian style in which they show how a school librarian, a small town mayor, a high school principal, a coach, a teacher, a dean, a history teacher, a parent, or a class president would use Machiavellian principles to "effectively rule" their domain. Posters have to describe and illustrate the ruler's environment. Ex: What would a Machiavellian librarian emphasize in organizing the library? What type of monuments, posters, and technology would decorate the library?

The class discussion: Does The End Justify The Means? Students have been studying Machiavelli and are responding to the following modern event:
Years ago, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates destroyed thousands of copies of the Daily Cal (UC-Berkeley) student newspapers that did not endorse him. What would Machiavelli think of this and why?
Parents, administrators, and community members were invited to participate in our discussion via the CoverItLive event below. Just click on the arrow to review the discussion.

Period 2 (10:05-10:40)

Period 3 (11:15-11:45)

IS PROGRESS ALWAYS A GOOD THING? Student Photo Essays Examining The Industrial Revolution and Progress

Spring 2010 Henrico21 document link

Student reflections after our studies of the English Industrial Revolution. Two essential questions were put forth: 1) Is progress always a good thing? and 2) Where can you see the legacy of the Industrial Age in today's modern society? Videos address pollution as seen today, the changing relationship of producer and consumer, the ethical dilemmas progress can bring to mankind, or the need for consumers to deliberately purchase handcrafted items over mass produced items. More excellent videos can be found on Industrial Revolution (the English 1800s and Current Issues) Showcase Page
The assignment prompts and rubric are found in the following document


THE WINNER! By peer vote Jared K wins the Academy Award for photo essay production

The Edge Of The World- An Examination of Primary Resources: Their Validity, Their Voice, and The World Of The Explorers.
November 2010
Henrico 21 Document link

Summary: People might be surprised to find out that in the Middle Ages, people didn't think the world was flat. An American journalist named Washington Irving invented that phrase. He wrote a biography of Christopher Columbus, and [wrote] this scene in which Columbus faces the church fathers and tells them that the world is round. He's accused of heresy for saying that the world is round when everyone knows the world is flat. Irving totally made this up. (from Terry Jones of Medieval History) Thomas Friedman, author of The World is Flat, speaks of the technologies that have made today’s modern world flat. Using these two paradigms, students will analyze an extensive collection of primary and secondary sources in order to examine in what ways and to what degree the European explorations of the 1450s – 1700 did impact or “flatten” the world contributing to the “first” globalization.

Essential questions or objectives: In what ways did European exploration transform global interactions between 1450 and 1700?

Module 1: Why did Europeans travel to North and South America? What did they find there? What were the results of contact with Native Americans?

Module 2: What were the features of the Sudanese Empires in West Africa? How did the Atlantic Slave trade evolve and how did it transform the lives of those involved?

Module 3: In what ways did the Columbian Exchange and the opening of trade passages across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans shape globalization from 1450 – 1700?

Godwin Library Primary Source page:

Primary Analysis Worksheet

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Student Sample

Our Common Craft Style Videos - 21st Century Puppet Shows - Jan. 11th, 2011
Created on students' cell phones - a 21st century puppet show! I saw 100% student engagement on this one! Topic: Revolutions of 1800s. Go to this link to see samples

Our Microblogging Class Lecture On Thursday Feb 11th, 2010
I was absent all day- in the emergency room as my father recovered from heart bypass surgery. I didn't want to miss a chance to teach my students about the ideas of the Industrial Revolution and how they affect our lives today - so I taught, all day, from the emergency room using this embedded microblog. It was a great success. Just click on the play button to review our discussion. Be sure to click on the little red play links in order to see the video clips as students did.

Period 7


Students created altered books - created a Cold War dictionary where they were to reprocess a list of major cold war events. Many students created works of art in books but this creation by David P, Eric M, and Abe O was a brilliant digital example.
Download here

Cold war
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Easy as pie. Only 3 steps and your students can be creating this

cool, professionally designed mini movies.

I use them as introductions to engages the students. In turn, my students have used them to summarize significant historical issues. I've included a a sample of what I used to generate interest in a new unit on Enlightenment. Animoto

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