Education - Teaching Methods Evaluation Term Paper

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Even though the American Revolution is seen as justified today, it was not seen as such during its time period, and a sophisticated historian never sees historical events as inevitable. Nor is the decision to go to war ever a purely good ethical decision. Students will be able to take a similarly rigorous analytical approach later on to other periods of history, and to contemporary civil controversies.

The use of art will give added aid students who are visual learners, or who have untapped artistic talents that may go unnoticed in the academic classroom to shine. Making a poster a group project encourages collaboration and discussion. Debate and exchange of ideas is another essential element of the civic process the students will later engage in, as future voters. On this section of website, the graphic of the pointing Uncle Sam, although not historical, underlines the importance of political advertising in American history as well! The posters, however, must also present the pros and cons in addition to being artistic and decorative so this artistic activity is educational as well as fun. Leaving the posters hanging up in the classroom after the assignment is finished will provide additional educational reinforcement to the issues discussed in the lesson.

Finally, the individually authored persuasive essay is the cumulative result of the academic research weighting the pros and cons and the fun, but still relevant rendition of the poster. The group discussion of the poster, the comprehension that there are pros and cons to every issue finally is resolved as students form a reasoned, substantiated position based upon researched facts, and framed in terms of the understanding that some people might disagree with their views.

Evaluation

The evaluative process, graded on a scale from 4-1 is clear and thoroughly described. It also allows students to be graded on a variety of competencies, including the sophistication of the student's position statement, the support the student provides for the position, and finally the literary or persuasive appeal and the sense of the audience. For teachers who must use an a-D grading scale, the grading evaluation guide could easily be transposed to a different format, thus it could be used by a variety of teachers, in a variety of school districts.

Conclusion

The conclusion makes clear perhaps the most important part of the project, and its immediate, contemporary relevance. It asks the students to take what they have learned about the historical process, about weighing pros and cons, and about persuasion, it suggests the students ask themselves if it is ever 'right to fight' or go to war, and what is worth fighting for in life.

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