Grade Level: 11
- High School students are challenged to explore and research
Revolutionary War soldiers buried within our county. During the
project, student groups will research and write fact-based reports
and multimedia presentations about the soldiers, the era in which
they lived, and the effects of war in general. Their challenge
is to create web sites with images and fictionalized stories,
letters, journals and accounts of these soldiers based on collaboration
with experts, interviews with local historians, research through
on-line museums and schools, and interviews with local veterans.
These fictionalized stories of war and its effects will be posted
on the Internet along with photographs and art relating to their
- Our school is located in a small rural Illinois town of just
over 2000 residents. The High School has a faculty of 23 and
a student population of 265.
- This project targets High School Juniors (11th Grade) in
the lower quartile with some technology skills and little enthusiasm
- Classes involved in this project have a mini-lab with up
to 3 networked computers with Internet access. Classes have access
to a computer lab across the hall and are next to the Media Center.
- Students are able to work in groups with teacher guidance
during class as well as during their study hall/library time.
(The Media Center/study hall houses a small lab with 8 networked
Internet accessible computers, a scanner, digital cameras, software
and trained staff.)
- Students will work on this project over a period of 16 weeks
and spend at least one class period and two study hall/media
periods researching and developing their project each week.
- Students demonstrate understanding of our local connection
to the Revolutionary War by collecting and interpreting data
to create web pages on local veterans and effects of war.
- Students interview veterans not only in our community but
throughout the world to interpret and analyze perspectives of
- Students interview people (both young and old) who have been
affected by war in our community and throughout the world to
interpret and analyze their perspectives.
- Students research, collaborate, and communicate locally and
via the Internet to collect information and explore the backgrounds
of their chosen soldier and information significant to the soldier
they have selected.
- Students construct grammatically correct reports on their
- Students utilize technology to:
a- collaborate with experts via the Internet (e-mail, chat software)
b- digitize artifacts (scan, take pictures, create object movies,
panoramas) for a virtual scrapbook
c- apply knowledge of web design to create well designed, error-free
Structure of the Learning
Students research the local Revolutionary War veterans and
write fact-based stories by communicating and collaborating with
descendants, museums, experts, and schools in areas where these
soldiers lived and fought.
Our county has 19 Revolutionary War soldiers buried here. Instead
of learning about the Revolutionary War as a distant event through
a textbook, students have the opportunity to bring that era to
life. The project will be introduced to students after they view
a portion of Ken Burns Civil War video, which used letters, stories,
and still photographs to bring that war to "life."
Our local Historical Society is creating their own web sites
and students will be given the challenge to bring these Revolutionary
soldiers' stories to life and to share their work by linking
their final products to that web site. Their projects may be
used as part of an exhibit at the historical society and at the
Students will make their own decisions on this project. They
will divide into groups based on their questions. They will be
responsible for choosing their roles within their groups, creating
a group contract agreement, and choosing their own direction.
Students may use e-mail, bulletin boards, and chat software to
locate and collaborate with schools, museums, and experts.
Students create a web site with their research, links, and
graphic images which will be included in the site of the Greene
County Historical Society and will be linked from the school
district web site.
Best Use of Technology:
- Students use the Internet and CD-ROM reference works to research
the genealogy and background of the Revolutionary War veteran
they have chosen.
- Students use e-mail to locate and collaborate with schools
in areas where the soldiers lived or fought, with museums associated
with battles fought by the veteran, or with experts (on the revolutionary
war, genealogy, etc.).
- Students learn to use the technology and the software as
they need it to complete the project. The technology is used
to create intermediate, factual papers on the Revolutionary War,
war in general, experiences of those who stayed at home, and
reflections of war by students. This research will be used by
the student groups to create and develop their final product
which is the fictionalized account of the Revolutionary War.
- Students create web pages and include scanned articles/pictures
and digital photographs they have made.
- Previous technology skills will be assessed using the Bellingham
Public School's Student
Use of Technology Self-Evaluation Tool.
- Student's writing will be assessed by comparing the first
writing assignment to subsequent assignments.
- Feedback opportunities for students for the process of learning:
a. Weekly informal discussion with teacher and group members
to gauge progress, to answer questions, and to determine any
training needs for the group.
b. Use of the rubric for check points to assure that students
are making progress.
c. Students keep a progress journal with information they
have found, sites of use, their thoughts, and needs for training.
Each group may e-mail the teacher a weekly progress report.
- Assessment of the end product- Rubric
for Exploring Our Past.
- Compare pre and post technology ability surveys.
- Student evaluations of the project, skills learned, areas
of improvement, etc.
- Review of timeline- actual vs. projected and evaluation of
ease of use.
- Teachers keep a "journal" or folder with student
input as well as a folder with e-mail from the students.
- Compare the students first report with a report created half-way
through the project and compare them to their final project.
Alignment with Illinois State Goals:
English Language Arts
- Interpret, evaluate and apply information from a variety
of sources to other situations.
Use standard English to edit documents for clarity, subject/verb
agreement, adverb and adjective agreement and verb tense; proofread
for spelling, capitalization and punctuation; and ensure that
documents are formatted in final form for submission and/or publication.
Produce documents that exhibit a range of writing techniques
appropriate to purpose and audience, with clarity of focus, logic
of organization, appropriate elaboration and support and overall
Using available technology, produce compositions and multimedia
works for specified audiences.
Apply listening skills as individuals and members of a group
in a variety of settings.
Use group discussion skills to assume leadership and participant
roles within an assigned project or to reach a group goal.
Design and present a project using various formats from multiple
Use multiple sources and multiple formats; cite according to
standard style manuals.
Produce oral presentations and written documents using supportive
research and incorporating contemporary technology.
Analyze and report historical events to determine cause-and-effect
Analyze historical and contemporary developments using methods
of historical inquiry (pose questions, collect and analyze data,
make and support inferences with evidence, report findings.)
- Please take some time to complete
- Created for the Fermilab
LInC program sponsored by Fermi
National Accelerator Laboratory Education
Office and Friends
of Fermilab, and funded by United
States Department of Energy, Illinois
State Board of Education, North
Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which
is operated by North Central
Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National
Science Foundation. Clip Art from Kid's
Domain. See our Site Map.