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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Unit

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Keywords: reading, history, WW 1, WW 2, technology, politics
Subject(s): Civics, Social Studies, History
Grades 7 through 8
NETS-S Standard:
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Christian Life Academy, East Peoria, IL
Planned By: Sheri Young
Original Author: Sheri Young, East Peoria
By reading this biography about Dietrich Bonhoeffer students will be able to learn about History through a real life story. They will learn more about how their own lives can impact the world around them while learning what it was like to grow up in WW I -WW II Germany.
SS.IS.1.6-8: Create essential questions to help guide inquiry about a topic
SS.IS.8.6-8.LC: Analyze how a problem can manifest itself and the challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address it
SS.CV.1.6-8.MdC: Describe the roles of political, civil and economic organizations in shaping peopleís lives
SS.CV.2.6-8.LC: Describe the origins, purposes, and impact of constitutions, laws, treaties, and international agreements
SS.CV.4.6-8.LC: Explain the connection between interests and perspectives, civic virtues, and democratic principles when addressing issues in government and society
1. Develop deeper reading comprehension skills
2. Read and discuss daily the impact of the history taking place, not only on Dietrich and his family but on Germany and the world
3. Discuss daily the developments of the political climate and compare Germanyís developing government with what was also happening in the USA at the time. (Itís Anti-Semitic views)
1. Classroom set of Kindles in order to read the biography together VERIFICATION
1. Daily use Kindle app of Socrative to ask students comprehension questions both before reading for the day and after
2. Weekly quizzes for comprehension/understanding
56 devices will allow for us to have 28 Kindles in our 2 main Middle School classrooms.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Having these devices in our classrooms will easily allow us to use them in English, Math, Science and History. Kindles allow us not only to read books easily as a class, but we will be able to use apps like Polling, Quizlet, Kahoot, and Socrative daily for concept checks in ALL content areas!
We will use the Kindles for continuous learning. Apps for daily understanding and other apps like Blackboard can be used for drawing. This is a great way for students to use other skills to show the knowledge they have learned. For example, using the Blackboard app students could draw how they view German government vs. American government during WW 1 and WW 2.
Materials: Mobile Labs, Wacom Tablets, Power, English/Language Arts, Books, Assessment, Integrating Technology, Hardware Devices
Other Items: 56 Kindle Fire 8" HD with 16 GB, $79.99 each, total of $4479.44
8 Port dock station for devices, $29.99 each, total of $239.92
56 Fire HD 8 Case - Heavy duty with stand, $16.99 each, total of $951.44