- In Part I, students were assigned to make a list of twenty events relating to the African-American experience in America, beginning with the first forced migration of Africans to North America and ending with ratification of the 13th Amendment. For each event, students had to
- Name it (e.g., Stono Rebellion)
- Describe it (3-4 sentences) using their own words
- Say when it happened (1793)
- Say where it happened on a map (South Carolina)
- Include a link to an image or YouTube video that relates to that event. Example: This link is to a historical marker discussing the Stono Rebellion.
- In Part II, students took that list of twenty events and used them to make a StoryMap. I've blogged about StoryMapJS before. It's a storytelling tool created by the Northwestern University Knight Lab. Designed for journalists, it's perfect for students as well. Here's my favorite YouTube tutorial (8:46) on how to use StoryMapJS.
Click on the link to see the first student project I received for this assignment. One reason why I like this assignment so much is that StoryMaps are easy to create! How easy? I gave my students ten days to complete this assignment. Yet only hours after I assigned it today (a Sunday), I received the first one.