Students learn best through immediate feedback. These activities provide that. They are html files; load them into a web browser and students will be presented with a detailed narrative about U.S. History -- with some words missing. They fill in the blanks using the drop-down lists provided and can check their own answers as they go.
These activities will allow you to individualize and personalize instruction. Students consider them both fun and challenging, and they have the added benefit of helping to increase reading comprehension as well as recall of historical information. This reading benefit results because in order to solve the fill-in problems, students must read closely and for detail.
If you have students who rarely read the textbook at all, these activities will get them started reading historical information -- because here, it is presented to them as a game and as *doing* rather than mere reading.
Your download will consist of a zip file containing 14 web pages of fill-in exercises. These exercises are interactive and self-correcting if used on a computer. They can be printed out to make static worksheets that students do at their desks. The 14 pages, divided into five sections by topic, will take students sequentially through the last quarter of the nineteenth century and include topics such as settling the west, industrialization, immigration, the rise of segregation, and populism.
To run the exercises, all you have to do is double click on one of the five index files provided. These serve as tables of contents to the exercises. Your web browser will open and you will be able to play the fill-in game, which in each case will consist of several pages in a row that students cycle through.
The exercises are color coded so you can see at a glance which historical phases the students are working on.
To have students use the exercises, you might want to load them onto a central location on your school network and provide students the link. That way, you can load the files once and have them available network-wide. Otherwise, you will have to load the files onto the hard drive of each computer that will be using them.
I routinely take my class to the computer lab and have them all running the exercises at once. This provides differentiated instruction as those who can master the material faster will move ahead into new sections rather than waiting for other students to catch up.
For your information, here are the sub-topics students will practice and review by using this set:
Section 3-1: Settling the West
* Growth of the Mining Industry (3-1 a)
* Ranching and Farming the Plains (3-1 b)
* Native Americans (3-1 c)
Section 3-2: Industrialization
* The United States Industrializes (3-2 a)
* The Railroads: Linking the Nation (3-2 b)
* The Rise of Big Business (3-2 c)
* Unions (3-2 d)
Section 3-3: Immigration and Urbanization
* Immigration (3-3 a)
* Urbanization (3-3 b)
Section 3-4: Early Reforms in a Gilded Age
* The Gilded Age (3-4 a)
* The Rebirth of Reform (3-4 b)
Section 3-5: Politics and Reform
* Stalemate in Washington (3-5 a)
* Populism (3-5 b)
* The Rise of Segregation (3-5c)
About the PREVIEW FILE:
The preview file contains all five index (table of contents) files and one working web page so you can see the interactive fill-ins in action. The full download will have 14 web pages of interactive cloze activities.
Textbook exercises by Elise Parker
Attribution / (This is a transformative work:) The history text used to create these exercises is Glencoe: The American Vision. If you are using that textbook these exercises will dovetail right into your instruction. If you are using another history text, this will provide valuable enrichment / supplementary materials for your program.