Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Website Spotlight: Alamo


Website URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/alamo/

Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.

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I ask the students to work through the following links:

Survivor Stories
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/alamo/sfeature/sf_survivors.html

The Navarro Family
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/alamo/sfeature/sf_family.html

The Republic of Texas
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/alamo/sfeature/sf_republic.html

Timeline
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/alamo/timeline/index.html
I always love the timelines in these American Experience websites. This particular one is very detailed, containing a well-annotated explanation of each date.

Stephen Austin
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/alamo/peopleevents/p_austin.html

Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/alamo/peopleevents/p_santaanna.html

Davy Crockett
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/alamo/peopleevents/p_crockett.html

Jim Bowie
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/alamo/peopleevents/p_bowie.html

William Travis
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/alamo/peopleevents/p_travis.html

Sam Houston .
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/alamo/peopleevents/p_houston.html

Texas Annexation and Statehood
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/alamo/peopleevents/e_annex.html

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Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Expansion

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/WEBSITE+SPOTLIGHT