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Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary
American Revolution, Lesson Plan, american-revolution, geniushour
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The American Revolution Genius Hour Plan

The American Revolution Genius Hour Plan


Students would learn in the shoes and place of the American Revolution as well asking themselves questions of what is in place. The image is created by Jasmine Hall through Canva. 

Lesson Overview

For this lesson, students would imagine that they were at the place of the American Revolution. They would make a Genius Hour presentation with questions that they would like to ask such as the following: 

  • What was it like during the American Revolution? 
  • What was the cause of the American Revolution? 
  • What person would I emulate when it comes to the American Revolution? 
  • Would I adjust to life under British rule? 

Students would focus on the presentation as well as figure out how to present their materials in place. The image cover was created by Jasmine Hall via Canva. 

Lesson Plan

Genius Hour Unit Plan


Name: Jasmine HallShort Bio: Students would focus on creating a Genius Hour project based on the American Revolution.
Grade Level/Subject: The American Revolution, 3rd grade




ISTE standard(s) for students covered in this unit:1. a: articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them, and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.1. C: use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.2. C: demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.3. A: plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.3. C: curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.6. D: publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.7. A: use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
Create a mini lesson plan for how you will introduce inquiry and select their Genius Hour question.  I would sit students down in a circle and discuss any questions that they may would have such as "Why is the Sky blue?". I would have students sit down and write in their social studies journals about what is their science question would be in pertaining to interviews that they would give to others from the American Revolution.  


If you were doing your own Genius Hour project… What would your Genius Hour question be?What is one thing that I would ask a prominent figure of the American Revolution?



Create your mini lesson plan on how you intend to teach research and what databases and other resources your students will use. Be sure to include how you will hold students accountable for research during this time.  I want to teach students research through many ways such as using a Livebinder for students to see what they need to work on in any way. I would have students fill out a Google form to see did they spend time researching their work or not. Google Form:
How will you be checking in on your student's’ progress? What will your daily/weekly exit ticket/stand up meeting ask of your students?I would focus on having them fill out another Google form so they can hold themselves accountable in any way. Google Form:

Implementation and Presentations


Make a rubric specifically for your student’s Genius Hour project.

ISTE Standard for Educator 7a is “Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology”. How could you incorporate this into Genius Hour? I enjoyed learning about strategies that can make each student be held accountable for their own work. The purpose of Genius Hour is for students to further understand how they would accomplish what they learned and turned that into a review for them. At first, I thought that exit tickets would be for just an assessment type of thing. But, after going through the material in the class, I would see that students would use exit tickets as a way of helping out with Genius Hour. How I would use exit tickets and stand-up meetings as a way to meet the standard would be to have the teams meet during Genius Hour to discuss a plan that would include who is doing what in place.




Community Sharing


Describe how your students will share their Genius Hour projects. Be sure to take your school/district’s social media and privacy guidelines into account. I would create a Youtube playlist of their presentations for them to see with their parents. But, before I could do that, I would need to send home permission forms for parents to fill out for their kids to be filmed.


How could you meet ISTE Standard for Educators Collaborator 4c “Use collaborative tools to expand students’ authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally” with Genius Hour?I would focus on looking at the social media policies that are being put in place. Then, I would check with students about what would be their preferred collaborative tool that they would want to share on that is allowed by the school/district.