Resource Evaluation Assignment
Example: Resource Review assignment
I’d rather have an armload of resources than be forced into a Socratic style of questioning pupils whilst hanging out under a tree (okay, I’d dig a tree classroom). Although a teacher can facilitate engaging discussions, helping students chew over historical information is best done with images, interactives, interesting texts, films etc. Resources can make or break lessons. Even seemingly ‘bad’ resources, if creatively applied, can be remarkable tools to capture the imagination.
This assignment will help you hone skills in identifying resources and challenge you to identify new ways to use them. We’ll practice a few examples in class.
Some of my favourite resources:
1. The Faithful Elephants
This is a great children’s story about the unintended consequences of war. Beautiful water colour images capture the haunting history of the Tokyo Zoo during Allied bombing in WW2.
2. The Big Six by Sexias and Morton
This teacher’s resource is an accessible breakdown of the major elements of the historical inquiry process. Whether an educator had been trained in History or not, this book provides clear examples and activities to study any period of time. The book focuses on “The Big Six:” historical significance, evidence, cause and consequence, continuity and change, historical perspectives, and the ethical dimensions of History. There are more great follow up activities here.
3. The Enemy: a Book about Peace
This is an amazing children’s book about the futile nature of war. This youtube clip is a fair substitution if you can’t get a copy.
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Considering that the elephants were intentionally killed for propaganda reasons, long before there was any Allied bombing, and that they seem to have been starved intentionally (at least according to http://japanfocus.org/-Frederick_S_-Litten/3225), I wonder what is so great about “Faithful Elephants”. At best it is about the unintentional consequences of starting a war you’re bound to lose.