Monday, September 26, 2011

Website Spotlight: Raid on Deerfield


Website URL: http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/

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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Begin with the "Getting Started" Tab (bottom of screen)
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/about/started.jsp

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Then focus on these biographical sketches of  Reverend Williams and his household to read yourself into the situation.

Reverend John Williams
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/people.do?shortName=JohnWilliams

Eunice Mather Williams (wife)
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/people.do?shortName=EuniceMWilliams

Stephen Williams (son)
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/people.do?shortName=StephenWilliams

Eunice Kanenstenhawi Williams (daughter)
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/people.do?shortName=EuniceKWilliams

Frank (African slave of the Williams family)
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/people.do?shortName=Frank

Parthena (African slave of the Williams family)
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/people.do?shortName=Parthena

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Then work through this part of the website that deals with the attack itself.

1. Attack
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/scenes/scene.do?title=Attack

Read the tips entitled "How to Use this Page."

Select "Hot Spots" that interest you from the picture.

2. March to Canada
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/scenes/scene.do?title=March

Select "Hot Spots" that interest you from the picture.

View the Interactive map of the March to Canada
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/maps/march.html

3. Parting Ways
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/scenes/scene.do?title=Parting

Select "Hot Spots" that interest you from the picture.

4. Captivity
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/scenes/scene.do?title=Captivity

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Read these brief essays:

Captivity and Return
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/background.do?shortName=expCaptivity

English Colonization
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/background.do?shortName=expColonialEnglish

English Puritanism
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/background.do?shortName=expPuritanism

French Colonization
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/background.do?shortName=expColonialFrench

French Catholicism
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/background.do?shortName=expCatholicism

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Check out this great Timeline:
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/timeline/timeline.do?title=1600_1620

Beautifully constructed, in 20 year segments; top half showing events in America, bottom half events in Europe.

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Browse through these specialized topics:

Trading at Springfield
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/scenes/trade.do?title=Springfield

Trading at Albany
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/scenes/trade.do?title=Albany

Trading at Quebec
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/scenes/trade.do?title=Quebec

English Songs from the 17th Century
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/voices/eng_songs.do

French Music from the 17th and early 18th Centuries
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/voices/fre_songs.do

Ceremonial Objects
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/list/artifacts/ceremonial.do

Household Objects
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/list/artifacts/household.do

Military Items
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/list/artifacts/military.do

Personal Items
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/list/artifacts/personal.do

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~~For reviews of this website:

History Matters (The U.S. Survey Course on the Web)
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/7361/

TeachingHistory.org (National History Education Clearinghouse)
http://teachinghistory.org/history-content/website-reviews/14646

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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/Colonial+Era

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

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