America: A History of US Episode 1 Worksheet and Test: 60 Multiple Choice Questions in all!
America: The Story of US is a History Channel series that uses engaging imagery, powerful special effects, and a lively script to convey the story of the United States in 12 concise yet comprehensive episodes. This teaching packet covers Episode 1: “Rebels,” which tells the story of America’s settlement and colonial past, right up to the “shot heard ‘round the world” at the Battle of Lexington that opened the Revolutionary War.
Using any of the series’ episodes in class opens up several useful possibilities. They are so well presented that they are easily understood by students. This in turn means that episodes can actually be used as an introduction to a topic or a unit. On the other hand, they also make excellent reinforcers, so some teachers will want to show the episodes after the end of a chapter or unit for use as a review or recap.
ABOUT THIS TEACHING PACKET
I’ve kept this episode versatility in mind when making these materials. This teaching resource contains both a worksheet and a test on the episode it covers. These two components are based on different approaches to the video:
• The student viewing worksheet has 50 multiple choice questions, all presented in video order. These questions are fairly detailed. Certainly, many students will have good enough recall to be able to complete the worksheet after the episode has been shown, but because of the detailed nature of the questions, some teachers may want to use the worksheet as a “during-viewing” activity that will help students track information and stay on task
• The 10-question test, on the other hand, is designed to help students synthesize the episode’s information and see larger patterns that span different sections of it. My intent when writing the test was to focus solely on the “big issues” that arise from the targeted timespan of American history. Students who have paid attention to the video might should definitely have mastered these basic, fundamental issues from the targeted time period. All test questions are also multiple choice.
• Two answer keys are provided for all questions. One is designed for fast grading. The other one provides the full context of question and answer to help teachers review material out loud or facilitate class discussions of the material.
DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION POSSIBILITIES
Because the worksheet and test take these different approaches, teachers can also use them to differentiate instruction. Since the test is much shorter and covers much more basic information, it can serve as a “basic” level viewing worksheet should teachers desire. The regular worksheet, in contrast, can double as an “advanced” viewing activity.
LOOKING FOR A MONEY-SAVING BUNDLE OF AMERICA: A HISTORY OF US WORKSHEETS?
This single-episode packet might be all you need, but if you are going to use multiple episodes of America: The Story of US, then you might want to consider purchasing a money-saving bundle of episodes instead:
Click HERE for information on an America: The Story of US worksheet and test bundle that covers Episodes 1-6 --- more than 100 pages of student and teacher materials.
Downloading the bundle brings the price of these worksheets down to less than one dollar per episode!
LOOKING FOR MORE INDIVIDUAL EPISODE PACKETS OF AMERICA: A HISTORY OF US WORKSHEETS?
These might be what you need:
America: The Story of US Worksheet -- Episode 2: Revolution
America: The Story of US Worksheet -- Episode 3: Westward
America: The Story of US Worksheet -- Episode 4: Division
America: The Story of US Worksheet -- Episode 5: Civil War
America: The Story of US Worksheet -- Episode 6: Heartland
America: The Story of US Worksheet -- Episode 7: Cities
America: The Story of US Worksheet -- Episode 8: Boom
America: The Story of US Worksheet -- Episode 9: Bust
America: The Story of US Worksheet -- Episode 10: World War II
LOOKING FOR ANOTHER ANGLE FOR TEACHING WITH THIS VIDEO SERIES?
WHAT ABOUT AMERICA: THE STORY OF US CROSSWORD PUZZLE WORKSHEETS?
Here are quick links to puzzles designed to go with individual episodes:
America: The Story of US Puzzle Pack for Episode 1: Rebels
America: The Story of US Puzzle Pack for Episode 2: Revolution
America: The Story of US Puzzle Pack for Episode 3: Westward!
America: The Story of US Puzzle Pack for Episode 4: Division
Video Activities by Elise Parker
keywords: American revolution, Revolutionary War, Paul Revere, George Washington, Lexington and Concord, Boston Tea Party, Boston Massacre, Jamestown, Plymouth, Puritans, Pilgrims, Settlement, Colonial Era, John Rolfe, Thanksgiving