ALEX Learning Activity

Celebrating Alabama's Bicentennial: Alabama in the Twentieth Century

A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.

  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Denise Keith
System:Clay County
School:Clay County Board Of Education
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2470
Title:
Celebrating Alabama's Bicentennial: Alabama in the Twentieth Century
Digital Tool/Resource:
 
Web Address – URL:
Not Applicable
Overview:

Students in each Grade 6 class will work in collaboration to create a class group Google Slides presentation celebrating the Alabama Bicentennial (or Alabama History).  Students will present information on the reasons behind the strategic placement of military bases in Alabama during World War I, identify changes on the Alabama homefront during World War II, or critique major social and cultural changes in Alabama since World War II. Each student will research a different topic to find information to create one or two slides as part of the group slideshow. The finished class Google Slides’ show will be presented, with each student reading his/her own slides.

This activity was created as a result of the ALEX Learning Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 6
United States Studies: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
3 ) Identify causes and consequences of World War I and reasons for the United States' entry into the war.

Examples: sinking of the Lusitania, Zimmerman Note, alliances, militarism, imperialism, nationalism

•  Describing military and civilian roles in the United States during World War I
•  Explaining roles of important persons associated with World War I, including Woodrow Wilson and Archduke Franz Ferdinand
•  Analyzing technological advances of the World War I era for their impact on modern warfare
Examples: machine gun, tank, submarine, airplane, poisonous gas, gas mask

•  Locating on a map major countries involved in World War I and boundary changes after the war
•  Explaining the intensification of isolationism in the United States after World War I
Example: reaction of the Congress of the United States to the Treaty of Versailles, League of Nations, and Red Scare

•  Recognizing the strategic placement of military bases in Alabama (Alabama)

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.6.3- Identify strategic placement of military bases in Alabama, such as Redstone Arsenal, Fort Rucker, Fort McClellan, and Craig Air Force Base.


Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 6
United States Studies: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
7 ) Identify changes on the American home front during World War II.

Example: rationing

•  Recognizing the retooling of factories from consumer to military production
•  Identifying new roles of women and African Americans in the workforce
•  Describing increased demand on the Birmingham steel industry and Port of Mobile facilities (Alabama)
•  Describing the experience of African Americans and Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II, including the Tuskegee Airmen and occupants of internment camps (Alabama)

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.6.7- Recognize that war often requires sacrifices from the civilian population; identify minority and female contributions to World War II, including the Tuskegee Airmen, code talkers, and Rosie the Riveter; identify changes that happen when resources are transferred from civilian to military use in time of war.


Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 6
United States Studies: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
9 ) Critique major social and cultural changes in the United States since World War II.

•  Identifying key persons and events of the modern Civil Rights Movement
Examples: persons—Martin Luther King Jr.; Rosa Parks; Fred Shuttlesworth; John Lewis (Alabama)

events—Brown versus Board of Education, Montgomery Bus Boycott, student protests, Freedom Rides, Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights March, political assassinations (Alabama)

•  Describing the changing role of women in United States' society and how it affected the family unit
Examples: women in the workplace, latchkey children

•  Recognizing the impact of music genres and artists on United States' culture since World War II
Examples: genres—protest songs; Motown, rock and roll, rap, folk, and country music

artists—Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Hank Williams (Alabama)

•  Identifying the impact of media, including newspapers, AM and FM radio, television, twenty-four hour sports and news programming, talk radio, and Internet social networking, on United States' culture since World War II

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.6.9- Define civil rights movement; identify key figures and events of the Civil Rights movement, including Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing; identify culturally influential music from the post-World War II world including, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix.


Learning Objectives:

  • The students will be able to recognize the reasons behind the strategic placement of military bases in Alabama during World War I.
  • The students will be able to identify changes on the Alabama homefront during World War II.
  • The students will be able to critique major social and cultural changes in Alabama since World War II.
  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
During/Explore/Explain
Activity:

The students in each class period will collaborate to create a class group Google Slide Presentation in celebration of Alabama’s Bicentennial (or Alabama History) focusing on:

  • the strategic placement of military bases in Alabama during  World War I (the reasons behind the placement of the bases) 
  • changes on the home front in Alabama during World War II
  • Alabama's role in American social and cultural changes after World War II. 

Each student will choose a topic from the following list: (This list was drawn from recommended topics in course standards)

  1. World War I - Alabama Military Bases and Training

    1. Ft. McClellan

    2. Maxwell Air Force Base

    3. Marion Military Institute

    4. Forts Morgan and Gaines

    5. Fort Sheridan

  2. Wright Brothers Flight School at Maxwell Field

  3. Tennessee Valley Authority

  4. World War II - Alabama in the War

    1. Birmingham Steel Industry

    2. Port of Mobile

    3. Tuskegee Airmen

    4. World War II Prisoner of War Camps in Alabama

    5. Redstone Arsenal

      1. Wernher von Braun

    6. Fort Rucker Helicopter Training

  5. Civil Rights Movement

    1. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    2. Rosa Parks

    3. John Lewis

    4. Fred Shuttlesworth

    5. Selma to Montgomery Freedom March

    6. Montgomery Bus Boycott

    7. Hugo Black

    8. George Wallace

  6. Famous People

    1. Zora Neale Hurston

    2. Hank Williams, Sr.

    3. Harper Lee

    4. Hank Aaron

    5. Helen Keller

    6. Percy Sledge

    7. Jesse Owens


The teacher will create a Google Slide presentation with only a title slide: “Celebrating Alabama’s Bicentennial”, or “Celebrating Alabama’s Heritage”. The teacher will share this presentation with each student in the class (using the usual delivery method for the classroom - Google classroom, email, teacher website, etc.)  If more than one class will be involved, a separate show should be created for each class, with the class period denoted on the file name. (make a copy and rename)  

The share link should be set: Anyone with the link can edit.

Each student will research the topic he/she selected, using a textbook or the internet.

Each student will add one or two slides to the group presentation, giving brief historical information and a picture. 

Students will work on their slides simultaneously, taking advantage of the collaborative nature of Google Slides.

If the students are not familiar with the process of collaborating on Google Slides, the teacher will explain that students can all add their slides at the same time and can see the presentation as it is constructed by their classmates.

The finished slide show will be viewed by the class on the projector screen, with each student presenting his/her slide.

 

Assessment Strategies:

The students will be assessed on their individual slides and the accuracy of the historical information and pictures presented on each slide.  The teacher may create a rubric to use as an evaluation tool.

 


Advanced Preparation:

The teacher will create only the title slide of a Google slide presentation, then share the presentation with each child in the class. Set the share link to Anyone with the link can edit.  If more than one class is involved, make a copy of the first presentation and rename it to denote the specific class period.  

The teacher will review the collaboration process of Google Slides

Variation Tips (optional):

The presentation could be modified to cover American History during one historical period as categorized in course standards.

Notes or Recommendations (optional):

Students could work in teams if more suitable for the class. Also, the teacher may assign topics rather than allowing students to choose their topic.

  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: Alabama Bicentennial, Alabama History, American Social and Cultural Change after World War II, Grade 6, World War I, World War II