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Showcases of Learning - American Revolution 2013
2013 Showcases of Learning
Hayley and Steven
"Modern American history textbooks fail to mention America's hypocritical actions following the
We wanted to show how the Americans were hypocritical after the American Revolution, and how they made promises that were left unfulfilled. They promised equality, democracy, and independence, but each of these goals were either not met, or the means through which they were met were questionable. We then go on to say to try to resolve conflicts with words, not with wars, and if we are going to lose so many lives, at least make the fight worth it.
Aman, Kyler, Josh and Carlin
"Propaganda affects the wealthy and the poor in a variety of ways to influence their thinking and values."
We are playing two different classes, the wealthy and the poor, in a skit which showcases how propaganda effects the different classes and questions their values. The propaganda shows women and the poor fighting with the patriots because they promise more rights, where the wealthy man chooses to stick with the loyalists as his life isn't so bad. The skit turns out the be us as actors "filming" a movie and we start discussing propaganda in Egypt and how it effects a variety of people. The skit ends with Josh doing a "Charlie Brown Christmas" monologue at the end.
Max and Natalie
The course of the American Revolution and well as current events could have played out differently had the untold stories of women been known. Our showcase of learning is a
presentation showcasing the hardships and triumphs of females in the past and present. The file to our presentation is unfortunately too large for this site to support but we will try to FRAPS it and upload it to youtube. Essentially, we have compiled both pictures, quotes, anecdotes and music into the slides as we try to educate the viewer about the stories that were never heard, those stories that deserve an audience.
Marie and Irina
The cycle of blame never ends
-Marie and Irina
Devon and Victoria
Both sides of the Revolution (America and England) believe that their point of view was correct.
Julien and Sam
Both sides of American Revolution (America and England) believed that they were the "right" ones during the war and the other side was the one at fault. In reality both sides were at fault, always retaliating against the other. This doesn't just apply to the American Revolution, almost any country at war acts the same way. But when countries are constantly retaliating against each other, nothing gets solved. Wouldn't it be easier if the nations fighting took a moment to listen to other side? We showed this through a debate of "England" against "America".
"The lack of honesty and objectivity from the media and journalist during the American Revolution helped socially and politically influence the American people towards conformity."
The media played a key part in influencing the people of America during the Revolution. In our Showcase of learning we will present the effects of the media and the dishonesty behind it.
Christina and Cheslie
If greed drove the revolution, does it continue to drive the country?"
Jeff and Jeanie
"Democracy did not bring about the wealth and prosperity promised by the founding fathers."
This picturebook-esque showcase of learning focuses on how democracy and self government was touted as the solution to inequality among the colonists. Unfortunately, although the revolution gave the colonists representation in government as well as many other 'natural rights', it had no immediate effect on the quality of life of the poor. The story follows two perspectives, one rich and the other poor, in a journey before, during, and after the American Revolution to reveal how much it helped the rich, and ignored the poor.
Emily and Vincent
"Empathy drives civilization, however it was absent during the 'Merican Revolution"
Our learning showcase focused on how the fighting in the American Revolution could have been prevented. We came to the conclusion that if empathy had been more present during the revolution, there would have been no need for the unfairness and violence that occurred. We explored the meaning of empathy and its effectiveness in historic examples, as well as in recent times. Very specific organizations and events were presented, such as the Parent's Circle (a peace organization), the Boston Massacre and the campaign to end slavery in Britain to discover the helpfulness or lack of empathy in these situations.
Justann and Yilin
"Unity was the was the power that motivated the colonies to fight as one and defeat the British."
Implementing a speech/Public Service Annoucement (PSA) type presentation, Justann and Yilin described the power of unity and the greatness that accompanied it during the American Revolution. As the war was beginning, it was necessary for the thirteen colonies of America to unite as one to defeat their British opposer but many of the colony men were hesitant to fight along side one another. So together, Justann and Yilin put on their moustaches and pick up their sticks to act as two men trying to convince the thirteen colonies to unite as one America to overthrow the British. They also discuss unity seen in the world today, mentioning events such as the 9/12 Project and the Olympics as evidence to support their findings.
Galen, Sam, and Lori
“The British brought the American Revolution upon themselves by taking away the Americans’ freedom, independence, and liberty.”
Here is our Prezi:
When people normally think about the American Revolution, they think about how the Americans colonists revolted, and the reasons why. They think about the Acts, the 7 Year War, and the effect it had the Americans. Rarely do they ever consider how the cause of the revolution could be Britain. In our opinions, Britain caused the Revolution because they tried to obtain power, and they couldn’t pay for the consequences. They taxed the colonists, killed colonists, and betrayed the colonists by giving the citizens of Quebec more land. Britain acted without thinking of the consequences, and America only retaliated in ways that would be expected. Other empires, such as Rome and Germany, have made the same mistakes. And yet, we still don’t learn.
The Oppressed and the Oppressors -
Jess and Avery
"The American Revolution was not one fought between the British and the American, but the oppressed and the oppressors."
The American Revolution was a dramatic turning point in history. The colonies were angry, they revolted and then they were freed. But were they really free? The upper classes of rich, white men already had the closest thing one could have to freedom, yet they took more. Meanwhile, the African-American slaves, women and gays lived in fear and still didn't have nearly enough freedom. In this sense, the war was fought between the lower and upper classes.
Patriotism and Inequality
By Emlyn and Troy
Our thesis is "the hypocrisy of independence and equality in America motivated a sense of patriotism that was crucial in the revolution." We support this thesis statement by exploring why patriotism was necessary for the success of the revolution and what motivated it. The people who lived in the American colonies were had very different views on the revolution. A sense of patriotism was needed in order to gather support. The patriotism was motivated by promises of equality and independence but once the revolution was won not everyone were given equal rights and power. Most of our presentation is our speech but this prezi includes several of the points we bring up.
Manipulation Through Propaganda - a conspiracy theory
By Katie, Owen and Sean M.
"The manipulation through propaganda by the elites in America planted false truths in the minds of citizens before, during, and after the American Revolution."
As students, we are often taught of the heroic founding fathers of America who lead a brilliant revolution, and the patriotic citizens who followed without complaint. We are told that the Americans were fighting for their freedom and liberty completely upon their free will. But what if that wasn't true? What if the American government was purposefully manipulating its citizens to support the revolution so that their greed could be fulfilled? In our presentation, we shine light to the double sidedness of several founding fathers, and the elaborate propaganda they weaved across the colonies.
Lighting the Fire through Propaganda
By Kim, Daniel and Alyssa
Propaganda before the American Revolution, defined everyday citizen's views on liberty, fuelling the hatred, and need for independence between the American and the British.
Anthony and Elle
Our presentation is about Geo Politics in terms of the American Revolution. It is about nations allying together in order to prevent another more powerful nation from gaining control, power, or land. In our presentation we explain how this has happened pre and post American Revolution. It happened with Carthage and the Gauls teaming up against Rome. It also happened in WW1 and WW2. Lastly, we compare these control prevention tactics in the past to a simple board game like Risk.
"All Men Have Equal Rights"
By Max and Julie
“All men are created equal...”
The literal interpretation oppose to the actual perception and practicality of this vision often acts contradictory against itself during and after the revolution.
Script for presentation
It’s a near impossible feat to measure the worth or lack of worth of a man during their creation, life or death. Not all of mankind will be born with the same socio-economic, physical or mental advantages. The literal interpretation has its limitations with practicality; however, that is due to our limited ability to perceive its use. For this to be true, we have to understand, it’s more than being treated as an equal but treating others as equals, fighting for your rights and the rights of others.
"The Good Guys and the Bad Guys"
By Emily S. and Liam
Thesis: The mythologisation of past events has created a picture of purity that can not be replicated in our modern society.
Script for Presentation
For our project we created a puppet show with puppets of American soldiers, British soldiers, the Founding Fathers, Students in a class and a teacher. Through comedic story telling, we hoped to allow classmates to form their own ideas and to think beyond what they are told. The American Revolution is very complex and a truthful unbiased representation is very hard to accurately display. You have to keep an open mind and consider all possible sides of a story.
We hope that we were able to show one side of this event while alluding to the fact that there is no right or wrong sides. Everyone only wants whats best for themselves.
Tyler and Diane
"Although modern events have caused the compromise of freedom, contemporary America could be the true realisation of patriot leaders’ desires."
Many of our peers have synthesized on the events that happened during the revolution. Therefore, we related our project to the contemporary America and expanded on how the patriot leaders during the American Revolution are affecting contemporary America.
Isaac and Tiffany
Between Britain and the Colonies, a good or bad side cannot be determinded, as both sides were fighting for power, just a different kind.
Our presentation brought up the point that even though Britain and the American Colonies both seeked power, they were in search of a different kind. Britain wanted to maintain the power they accumulated over the years, while the Colonies wanted the power they believed they were deprived from.
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