Compromise Leads to War

In American History this week, students shared and presented their findings from  investigations they were immersed in the previous week.  All groups were investigating the cost of Compromise on U.S. politics, the economy and society during the mid-19th century.  Each group was tasked with becoming an expert on specific topics and years. After each group's separate investigations, we reconvened to share what we discovered.  The only requirement that I gave the students for their presentations work was that they could not use a power point.  I demand something new!

We first compiled our essential questions, issues and groups using a fantastic tool, Wallwisher:

Our Compromise Wall

Not only did my students engage in stellar investigative work, they came up with new essential questions on other, related topics, and their presentations were all creative, innovative, informative (this is key!), and interesting. One question that affected me the most was something like, "Is compromise unjust?" Great question, if you think about it.

One group used Glogster, an awesome interactive digital poster, to present.  They embedded an Animoto explaining the KS-NE Act and Dred Scott decsision in the Glogser. Check that out here:

The Crisis Turns Violent

One group, responsible for describing the Compromise of 1850 and its impact, chose to use a Prezi to present their work.  Although the work was great, they discovered that backgrounds are cool, except when they interfere with the words and information that the audience needs to see.  The cool thing about this Prezi is they figured out how to change the background, and they also embedded an Animoto to enhance the facts and presentation of the information (they are working on an edit that audiences can actually read; stay tuned):

Need for a New Compromise

Next up, the Election of 1860 and secession! Also, look out for the next post on Persuasive speeches in the 6th grade (Who has the tougher job:  The Pharaoh or the President?), and inquiry into the Feudal System-William the Conqueror: Hero or Villain?


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