Sample Lesson Plan
This lesson could use the Internet to find resources to enable students to compare American involvement in war. The lesson will use Microsoft Access to create a database of information on various wars and America’s participation. Facts that will be analyzed include the impact on population, expansion, and financial health of the United States.
Objectives / SOL
VA/US.1 The students will develop skills for historical analysis, including the ability to: analyze documents, records, and data, develop perspectives of time and place, including the construction of various time lines of events, periods, and personalities in American history.
The student will demonstrate knowledge of events and issues of the Revolutionary
Period by (a) analyzing how the political ideas of John Locke and those
expressed in Common Sense helped shape the Declaration of Independence; (b)
describing the political differences among the colonists concerning separation
from Britain; and (c) analyzing reasons for colonial victory in the
C/T 8.1 The student will communicate through application software.
C/T 8.4 The student will communicate through networks and telecommunication; Use local and worldwide network communication systems. (Optional)
Students will create a database that will be added to during the course of study in American History. The database will include: Name of war, significant battles, basic causes, population at time of war, participation in the war, percentage of participants in war, casualties of war, ratio of casualties to the total enrollment in the war, cost of war in current dollars, per capita cost of war. At various points in the semester, students will be requested to analyze the costs of war on American society—financially, socially, and emotionally. This written analysis could occur after the study of each conflict (VA/US.7, VA/US.9, VA/US.10, VA/US.11, VA/US.12) noted in the Standards of Learning for Virginia/United States History (grade 11).
Field, record, query, filter, and content specific vocabulary.
Computer, MS Access, Internet connectivity (if Internet option is chosen), Almanac, resource books, text
Basic skills to create a database. Add table, create fields, enter data, add records, sort records, filter/find records, create query, and create reports.
1. Analyze the level of student knowledge of basic database creation. Review/teach, as necessary, the skills needed to create a database. The initial lesson, to set up the database should take one/two class periods. For most students, one period is sufficient if they have the prerequisite skills.
2. Set up a database with the following fields
· Basic causes
· Population at time of war,
· Participation in the war
· Percentage of participants in war
· Casualties of war
· Ratio of casualties to the total enrollment in the war
· Cost of war in current dollars
· Per capita cost of war
3. Have students connect to the Internet and research the location of the information needed to complete the database. The data can also be found in Almanacs, the textbook, and other resources. The Internet component of the lesson is optional. The research could be accomplished using other resources. Visit the Access Indiana Teaching and Learning Center,
Guide to Wars at http://tlc.ai.org/amerrevo.htm. This site has links to sites that offer information on wars throughout history. There are also teacher lesson plans available on this site.
4. Have students enter the data for the American Revolution.
5. This is the introductory lesson. This database is a long-term project and will require entries as each war period of American History is studied. As additional information is added, analysis of the costs of war and comparisons of war periods may be assigned.
This lesson creates the database. It offers the entries on the Revolution. The evaluation rubric would be on the creation of the database and the accuracy of the information. After this lesson, as wars are studied the comparisons and analysis levels could be evaluated. A second rubric is an evaluation rubric for the analysis level of writing. An analysis essay could be composed on the Revolutionary War information but would not compare this war to others in history as would be possible using the data base for SOLs taught later in the course.
Rubric for Database Creation
This lesson is the beginning of a long-term review of America at war and will continue to grow as students cover different war periods. Students should be encouraged to add to the database and as each war is added to compare data to determine the effect of the war effort on the life of an average American citizen.
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