Saturday, June 30, 2012
Website Spotlight: Massachusetts Historical Society
Website URL: http://www.masshist.org/revolution/
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.
How This Site is Structured
The heart of the website highlights 15 topics: An overview essay puts each topic in context--with links to specific documents.
I ask the students to work through the following links:
Formation of the Sons of Liberty
Non-Consumption and Non-Importation
Formation of the Committees of Correspondence
Boston Tea Party
First Continental Congress
Lexington and Concord
Second Continental Congress
Battle of Bunker Hill
Washington Takes Command of the Continental Army
Declaration of Independence
Excerpts from John Rowe's Diary (the excerpts are blended into the 15 topics)
Check out these lesson plans:
Forces arguing for conflict versus those hoping to compromise
History did not have to happen the way it did. Counter-factual
Useful Links: This is done very completely
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:
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: