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Working the Web for Education - Tom March - Critical Thinking

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://tommarch.tumblr.com/

Website Example: http://tommarch.tumblr.com/post/31254380715/what-in-the-world-history-compressed-see-think

Tech Product Equipment

computer/projector or computer lab, audio boxes or headphones

Activity Description

In this activity, students are shown a video called “What in the World… History Compressed” and then later asked to write about it. The emphasis is on critical thinking. The Web site contains videos, political cartoons, and pictures that encourage students to think critically.

Preparation

  1. Make sure that the site is not blocked at your school and that the activity can be viewed.
  2. Preview the video and questions.

How-To

  1. Explain to your students that you will show them a video. For this lesson, I will use "What in the World... History compressed".
  2. Let them know that they will write about it later.
  3. You may want to show the movie 2 or 3 times in this activity.
  4. After watching for the first time, let students jot down their thoughts.
  5. Let students share their thoughts in an open discussion.
  6. Make a list of similar thoughts in a white board.
  7. Ask students to watch the movie again and then write an essay about.
  8. There is no right or wrong answer here. The important lesson is the critical thinking process created by the movie and the discussion.

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The Web site contains videos, political cartoons, and pictures that encourage students to think critically. Check out other activities.

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English Language Arts

  • English 1-4
  • Journalism
  • Literature
  • World Literature
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.