This is an Examview version of my set of worksheets / quizzes about the History Channel documentary, "The Real Story of Halloween."
If you would prefer a product that you can simply print out and use, take a look at the PDF version here:
The Real Story of Halloween Video Quiz / The Real Story of Halloween Video Worksheet
If you want a version you can use with electronic or online instruction, read on!
~~~50 multiple choice questions~~~
~~~Two Examview .tst files: with and without video time stamps~~~
~~~All questions presented in "video order" so students can answer them as they watch~~~
About "The Real Story of Halloween":
This documentary, appropriate for students in both middle school and high school, usually airs on the History Channel each October. It can often also be found on a variety of video streaming sites. The best way to find it online is to run a simple Google Search. The program lasts about 42 minutes, making it a great fit into a one-period class.
---I BELIEVE IN MAKING CLASS AS FUN AS POSSIBLE---
"The Real Story of Halloween" is a fascinating look into the historical roots of our current-day American Halloween customs. The video asks, and then answers, a variety of interesting and fun questions such as:
• Why do we wear masks and costumes on Halloween?
• Why is it customary to hand out treats on that night?
• Where did the tradition of going door to door start?
Along the way, a number of historical eras, peoples, and events are discussed, including:
• The ancient Celts
• The ancient Romans
• Europeans during the early and late Middle Ages
• The "Gunpowder Plot" / Guy Fawkes Day in England
• Colonial America
• The Great Depression in America
• The Post-War Boom and 1960s America
• The Current Day
My personal opinion is that most history teachers would probably enjoy watching this video even if they had no plans to use it in class -- it's simply that fun of a ride. Using it with students, of course, is even better. As long as my world history classes are where they should be each October 31, I like to take a day out of the regular curriculum and use this video. They enjoy it a lot, particularly because it is both fast-paced and fascinating -- but they also learn a great deal about the various periods in history that contributed to our modern conception of how to celebrate Halloween.
---I BELIEVE IN TEACHER CONVENIENCE---
To that end, I have embedded convenience features into these Real Story of Halloween worksheets:
One of the two Examview .tst files provided includes a time stamp on every question
, revealing when that question is addressed in the video. Some teachers may find this information to be useful and may want to use this file with their students.
Others may want to give students the slightly higher challenge level of not having these pointers. As with all my products, I believe in giving teachers choices and then leaving it up to them to decide which approach will work best with their own students.
---I BELIEVE IN USING INSTRUCTIONAL TIME EFFICIENTLY---
To that end, all questions included in these Real Story of Halloween worksheets are presented in "video order" to make it simpler for students to follow along if they are answering them as they watch.
The worksheets, however, can also be used as an "after viewing" activity or a test if you prefer!
---ARE YOU A FAN OF ELECTRONIC OR ONLINE INSTRUCTION?---
If so, these .tst files can be ideal since they can be used in so many different ways:
- Use with any online LMS (learning management system) that accepts Blackboard exports (Use Examview to create the Blackboard export file, then load it onto your LMS and assign it to students)
- Use with CPS software / clickers
- Use with Insight 360
- Use the Examview test player program on your local network to quiz students
- Export as an html quiz for your students to complete
- And of course, print out the worksheets / video quizzes from Examview whenever you do want students to work in a paper/pencil format!
Sounds like something fun for Halloween?
In that case, check out the free preview, which has the first 15 of the 50 questions available for you to peruse. And whether or not you think this product is right for your classroom, see if you like the History Channel video the worksheet set goes with. It really is one of the best history tie-ins for Halloween that I have yet seen.
As always, happy teaching!
PS -- Don't forget, if you'd rather just have a PDF file to print out, you can find one here:
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