Monday, March 28, 2011

Alvin Fernald

I recently got to share my love for Alvin Fernald and his creator, Clifford B. Hicks with a student teacher who was doing her internship in my classroom. She has 3 young children - so I gave her a copy of an Alvin Fernald and Peter Potts book to read to her children. Yay! Another generation to love our beloved Alvin, Shoie, and of course, the Pest. I've actually been thinking about Cliff alot since I heard of his passing on Sept 29th...I have a 7th grade students who is quite a creative writer. She's been giving me copies of her creative vignettes...and I am so sad that I cannot share them with Cliff. He would have really been amused by her creativity. Gary...if you're out there in cyber world connecting to posts about Alvin...please get in touch. Its been too long...Post a comment on my Blog and I'll reply. Karen Whittaker McClain Ireland, West Virginia

Sunday, November 14, 2010

John Brown's Raid at Harper's Ferry

Students...today you will be History Scene Investigators! Please follow these instructions to complete this assignment.
1) Read the following Blog postings about John Brown's Raid at Harper's Ferry.
2) Three of the entries require you to do an primary source image analysis and answer a few questions. You will click on "comment" at the bottom of the entry and sign in using your access email account. You will have to sign in using the entire email address in the name/URL section. USE ONLY your 1st name and then your email address. Example: username@access.k12.wv.us Post the answers to the questions on the comment form. Remember...Blogs are PUBLIC forums...everything you write will be visible for the world to see! Proof Read and Spell Check before publishing!
3) The final Blog entry details your writing assignment. Complete your essay in WORD. When you have finished writing, do 2 things: 1) Proof read your essay for spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Use the spell check feature of WORD to assist you. 2) Print your completed essay. Make sure it includes your proper paper heading and a title!

John Brown's Raid at Harper's Ferry


History Scene Investigators


The Situation



On October 16, 1859, a group of raiders led by John Brown attacked the United States Armory at Harpers Ferry, (West) Virginia.
After a day of fighting with the local militia, John Brown and his men took refuge in a building that housed the armory’s fire engines.
On October 18, 1859, U.S. Marines under the leadership of Colonel Robert E. Lee stormed the engine house where the raiders were hiding and took them into custody.

Image Analysis 1: The Raid at Harper's Ferry



1.Look at the picture.
2.What do you think is going on in this image?
3.Who are the people and what are they doing?

4. Who is the leader of this scene?

Image Analysis 2: The Raid at Harper's Ferry



1.Look at the picture.
2.Who are the people in this image?
3.What objects do you see?
4.What do you think is going on in this image?