We have just started our Manifest Destiny unit. There is a lot of information I want to cover related to the local effects of westward expansion – leading from Native American Life to the Whitman Mission Massacre to the treaty that created the Umatilla Indian Reservation located east of Pendleton.
To facilitate this, I am going to ask the students to create “storyboards” (a glorified version of a comic strip). I am going to cover about 12 different events, asking the students to take notes as we cover those events through readings and video clips. After two days of note taking, students will get to choose 6 events each to place into storyboard form.
I am hoping that the goal of gathering information to include on this project will help the students focus on the material. We’ll see how it works!