Merging New Technology with Old Stories

Is your city's history a mystery to your class? Ever wonder if your county contains a bounty of folklore? Young computer scientists incorporate technology with time-honored tales during a project with both individual and group components. Scholars read and summarize published local history stories, then interview a community member to gather information for creating a Wiki page.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Invite some of your class's interviewees to share their stories live with the group
  • Have individuals use the grading rubric to provide feedback to one another
Classroom Considerations

  • Groups need a computer with Internet access and Microsoft Word to complete the assignment
  • The resource is set in a specific county; consider modifying the lesson using stories from your own county
Pros

  • The activity puts students more in touch with their history and community
  • Organizes group portions of the lesson in a meaningful way
Cons

  • None