This 2-hour strategy supports students to closely read articles about reforms. Using a variety of documents, photographs, charts, and journals, students will annotate articles using Adobe Acrobat. Then, students will share their understanding of the reform by creating an infographic using Adobe Spark Post.
Adobe Spark Post is an interactive way for students to demonstrate their creativity and thinking.
Introduce students to the definition of reforms and their roles in influencing American politics and laws. Provide students with several primary source documents on historical reforms. Using an annotation and discussion guide, students will select one reform and use Adobe Acrobat to record their thoughts and reactions with a partner. (60 minutes)
With a partner, students discuss their annotations and the questions in the annotation and discussion guide to deepen their understanding of their particular reform. Support students to identify key words and ideas related to reforms. (15 minutes)
Using Adobe Spark Post, students create a post to illuminate their understanding of their reform. Students can use these steps to guide them, examine this sample here, and watch or read these tutorials. (30 minutes)
Students will share and publish their infographic.
In this 2-hour strategy, you will read documents about historical reforms. You will annotate the articles and then share your understanding of the reform by creating an infographic using Adobe Spark Post.
Adobe Spark Post allows you to easily create professional-looking infographics!
1. Choose a reform topic from sources provided by your teacher. When reading your document, use the annotation directions to respond to points made by the author in the text. Annotations will be recorded in Adobe Acrobat and used in small groups to compare thoughts and revelations about a particular reform in history. (60 minutes)
For guidance on annotations in Adobe Acrobat, review this tutorial.
2. Now you will engage in a class discussion about reforms. With your partner, choose one reform and answer these questions. After you share your responses with your partner, be prepared to share your answers with the class. (15 minutes)
3. Using information from the discussion and your annotations, you will use Adobe Spark Post to create an infographic to demonstrate understanding of your reform. Check out this student sample for inspiration. (30 minutes)
At a minimum, your infographic should include:
Adjectives to describe the reform or historical figure
Negative and positive connotations about the reform
Impact of the reform
Images to convey the main points of this reform
Two perspectives on your reform
For guidance on using Adobe Spark Post, follow these steps.
4. Share your infographic as directed by your instructor.
Consult the attached rubric to evaluate students' infographics.