The “Historical TV Episode” assignment can be used to summarize any historical event or time period. Students are asked to describe historical events or time periods as if they were television episodes.
Sample sections include: (1) “Cast of Actors” - Who were the key people in relation to this event? (2) “Set Location” – Where did this event take place? What other locations were significant?
Teachers can choose specific events for students to research. Or students can have the freedom to pick any historical event of interest to them. This assignment is incredibly flexible.
This assignment can be used numerous times throughout the school year. I often have students complete this assignment in the event that they were absent for a lecture that highlighted a specific event.
The assignment includes a blank area on the television screen; students are encouraged to draw or illustrate the historical event or cut and paste images relevant to the event or period on the screen.
This often makes this assignment a good choice to put student work on display in the classroom.
This assignment can be used for specific events (i.e. bombing of Pearl Harbor) or general periods of time (i.e. WWII).
This assignment can be used in multiple areas and subjects; I use it in U.S. History, World Civilizations, and other history classes. Although this assignment lends itself to social studies classes, it can be used in other content areas like arts and humanities, English, and science classes (i.e. students can research art movements, scientific discoveries and inventions).
Because this assignment has general questions for research it can be used at multiple grade levels. Student answers can be graded based on student’s own skill set and grade level.
This assignment includes three pages: (1) Historical TV Episode Assignment, (2) A completed, sample version detailing the Cuban Missile Crisis, and an (3) Overview page.