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Land Use in the American Colonies

This activity lets students discover for themselves why land and houses were organized in different patterns in colonial New England, middle colonies, and slave colonies. Students work through several pages of background on New England, observing maps, reading text, and engaging in low-level self-checks so that they can confirm that they understood what they learned. They then have a chance to apply their knowledge using this flash.
Flash concept and storyboard by Ted Kilsdonk of Brilliant Minds Design. Flash coding by Jeff Zitter of Zap! Studios for Apex Learning.

Instructions: Use the following activity to arrange the elements of a New England landscape. Use the hints to help you organize the land.

Agents and Goals 

Many students think history is boring. Stories can be compelling. But history is the sum total of many peoples' stories. Historians identify agents, the people whose actions and decisions affected their worlds, and then construct their narratives around these agents. In this course every direct instruction was organized around the actions and desires of a small group of agents. In this templated anticipatory piece students were encouraged to identify with the agents, and given space to predict their actions.
Flash concept and template by Ted Kilsdonk of Brilliant Minds Design. Text and coding by Apex Learning staff

Instructions: Click on the agents and goals tool to identify the people and groups that shaped the events you are about to study. For each, match the quote to the card. Then use what you already know to predict the agent's goals. You can print the completed cards and use them as study tools.

Completed Flash: Agents and Goals for activity on Manifest Destiny

"Push" Quizzes

People like to answer quizzes - just look at Facebook and other social media timewasters. People like to talk about themselves, and this is even more true for teenagers. People learn information by solving puzzles. This short flash uses interactive quizzes to push students to learn more about 19th-century politicians, material that might otherwise be pretty dry and boring.
Concept and editing by Ted Kilsdonk. Flash layout by Jeff Zitter of Zap! Studios . Text by Apex Learning staff.

Instructions: Think about the problems caused by the Crash of 1837. What to do about them? What to do about the economy? Take this quiz to find out which politician you most resemble.

Completed Flash: Which 19th-Century Politician Are You?



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