Friday, December 30, 2011

Website Spotlight: John Brown


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

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:

In the Reference section, check out the transcripts of interviews with four historians.

II. Special Features

History of the famous song: John Brown's Body

John Brown's Failures

III. Timeline of events in John Brown's life

IV. Map coded to 19 events in John Brown's life

V. People & Events

The Secret Six who supported Brown's abolitionist cause

The Harpers Ferry Raid


~~For a review of this website:

TeachingHistory.org (National History Education Clearinghouse)
http://teachinghistory.org/history-content/website-reviews/23405

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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/The+1850s

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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