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Social Networking During pre-Civil War America

Social Networking During pre-Civil War America

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Author: Beth Barsness
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  1. Students will be able to identify key political figures from the antebellum time period by researching and creating a fictional Facebook profile page for one specific person or group from that era. 
  2. Students will be able to hypothesize their assigned person’s relationships and political views by interacting with other historical figures via social networking.

Students feel detached from history, but social networking feels relevant to them and grabs their attention. This lesson mimics the format of social networking by asking each student to create a Facebook profile page for a historical figure from the antebellum era.  Each student will adopt the persona of their historical person and interact with others via their fictional Facebook “walls”.

Length of time needed: 2-3 class periods

This lesson was written by Kristina Aars.

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Lesson Plan

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Source: Kristina Aars

Antebellum Social Networking

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Source: Kristina Aars

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Lesson Plan (Word document)

Antebellum Social Networking (PowerPoint presentation)

Source: Kristina Aars