Helping students to decide the relative importance of different factors, events or changes
Students plan a documentary by deciding how much time should be allocated to given topics. Students imagine they are planning a one-hour documentary. The teacher gives them a list of topics that need to be included. They plan by labeling and shading a pie chart, by that defining the importance of the topics.
A specific example
Students are creating a documentary on the Berlin Wall. Below are the topics that need to be included. How much time of the one-hour documentary should be spent on each of those? Students label and shade a pie chart and annotate around it to persuade the editor (the teacher!) why she should accept their documentary plan.
- The background to and reasons for building the Wall.
- Construction and immediate consequences.
- The different phases of the Wall.
- The visits by President Kennedy and Reagan.
- The fall of the Wall.
- Facts and figures about the Berlin Wall.
Thanks to Richard McFahn and Neil Bates, http://www.historyresourcecupboard.co.uk/.