Overview & Objectives:
Bringing historical figures and events alive through contemporary media.
- Blogging Lewis and Clark’s expedition across several platforms, students can both bring to life the westward expedition as well as explore themselves which media is best suited to communicate the desired content and message.
- George Washington’s Facebook page. How would the first president of the United States have projected himself on Facebook? What would he have listed as his interests? Who were his ‘friends’? What did these friends post on his Wall? What did he ‘like’, read, listen to etc.
- Create content as Jane Austen for a blog. What would Austen have written about contemporary society, including her “emails” to Cassandra, reviews of Jane Austen’s books, correspondence with her fans, portraits, maps, photos of homes etc.
- Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est”, arguably one the most powerful war poems ever written in the English language, was not published until after Owen’s death, which tragically occurred a week before the end of the First World War. Imagine that Wilfred Owen had had Internet access in the trenches, and had posted a video on YouTube of himself reading his poem. What comments might people have posted on YouTube? What if the devout young poet had tweeted about the horrors he witnessed? What effect might this have had on the patriotic fervor that Wilfred Owen was challenging?
Using social media can help students view events, personalities, and perceptions from a historical perspective, while exploring and experimenting which media platform is the most effective to adopt.