Talk:Exploring the American Revolutionary War Through Primary Source Documents


Instructor comments on your unit -- Jz833665 (talk) 03:00, 27 November 2013 (EST)

Nice progress.

- Add objectives to the beginning of this lesson (from your portfolio) - Since using primary documents is the major focus of your design, every time you use primary sources in an activity episode, elaborate more how students will use what kind of sources, to what effect. - Do you think one lesson hour will be too short for this whole topic?

Peer feedback for mini-course -- Mara Ciacelli (talk) 19:13, 5 December 2013 (EST)

Ryan, You have a great first draft of your project here! Your introduction page is engaging, I love how the objectives are clearly stated here (and they are consistent with your content!) and how the links to your units are highlighted and bold. You have a great scope and sequence to your mini-course; the units follow each other in a logical sequence. You also provide several resources for your learners throughout the unit. The pictures are very engaging, but I wish that some of them were a little smaller so that I don't have to scroll to see the whole image. I also wish that you provided a link at the end of Unit 1 to Unit 2, and so on, for easier navigation. A link to your portfolio page would also be helpful. These are simple fixes though. Great job! -Mara

Re: Peer feedback for mini-course -- Kristine Fleckenstein (talk) 15:22, 9 December 2013 (EST)

In addition to Mara's feedback, I think the layout for the portfolio page is excellent with each unit highlighted in bold. It makes it easier for the user to just see it and then explore the course content. There's substantive background information here as well. I'm curious if there's an ICM to go along with the portfolio. The large pictures are nice, but reduce the size of some photos that are larger than the screen, such as the Boston Tea Party one on Unit 1. Same thing goes for the Battle of Saratoga lesson as well. Make the pictures smaller. For the two lessons in Unit 2, include links to take the user back to the main unit page, as well as a link to the homepage. It will make navigation easier than having to setup tabs on a web browser. Perhaps setting up the course objectives for each unit would be helpful as well, so then the students know exactly what is expected of them in the lessons. Otherwise, this is an excellent mini-course, very important and relevant to studying history/social studies.

Instructor comments on your refined units -- Jz833665 (talk) 19:06, 6 December 2013 (EST)

Nice work on these rich and engaging lessons. In addition to Mara's suggestions, I'd suggest that you add a paragraph for teachers about basic information/contexts of these lessons: target students, standard/objectives, and the teacher's role, so they can adopt/adapt your lessons in meaningful ways. For each primary source image/document, it would help if you can add a sentence/title right under it about that it is about.