First, let me say how proud I am of my American history Chapter Task Cards but there is such a strange story that came about because of them. I began using some task cards years and years ago but I only have a limited few of them for each chapter. However, after a while I thought of a better 'daily opening activity' – my "LaGumbos [my Louisiana history questions]" (found here on TPT). I started creating and using them for a few years before testing and its 'Constructive Response' questions made me think back on my 'writing activities'. Therefore, I beefed up my Task Cards and made them a bigger part of my history class. I began using my LaGumbos Monday thru Thursday and my Task Cards on Fridays. Before long things started going well and my students loved the idea.
However, I have to tell you that chapter Task Cards is/was hard for me with since I never really taught American History until my days at the local charter school came along. As a history degreed teacher, you learn to teach all subjects in middle school and I love reading and thinking about the stories I could tell. I made these task cards hoping that it would make the chapter easier to teach for ME – and it has.
Print enough 'cards' for each class you teach OR print and laminate to avoid printing a set each year. Then, cut them apart and hand them - one to each student - as they enter the classroom door. Allow student 5-10 minutes to create a paragraph about the task/question given them while you take roll and/or the administrative things required.
Have students write on a separate sheet of loose leaf paper the question and a ONE PARAGRAPH (5-8 sentences, in ink) answer to the 'card' they are given. Tell them that there may not be a right answer so you are only grading on the fact that they did come up with an answer/appropriate answer and did explain it to the best of their ability.
Over the years I have told my student that history is full of "history questions" that may go unanswered by today's standards or even have a new and/or different answers as historians 're-write' history. But, I love these types of questions because it makes students 'THINK' which is just why I love teaching history. Because most of history could be explained different today than yesteryear.
I also included a blank set of cards for your own use. Email me if you have different questions about this set of task cards or questions I should have asked.
"Love your task cards. I use them as flash cards for studying."
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