Review Activity: Memory Jogger

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This format is borrowed from a colleague of mine, Michelle Ryan.  She used this format to review for a psychology class.  At her urging, I used the same format to review history material for a test about causes of the American Revolution.

Positives: Students had a degree of independence.  If they finished early, it was easy to say “Why don’t you start on the next row?  It’ll help you get ready for the test a little more.”  It also allowed students to practice the same types of questions (short answer, “connections”) that they would see on the test.  This same format could be revamped to accommodate any material.

Negatives: It took a fair amount of time, especially in chattier classes.  In 45 minute periods, only one class was able to “finish” the jigsaw.  Even if they’re not done, however, everyone still got work done.

Memory Jogger

Review for Unit 2 Test: Changes in Colonial America

Instructions:

1)      Everyone will get a number 1-4.  All the 1s will sit together, all the 2s, etc.  They are in charge of answering the 4 questions in their row: A, B, C and D.

2)      Within each group, each student will be an A, B, C or D.  They will work on their question first, and then share their answer with the group.  The whole group must agree that A, B, C and D are correct and complete.

  1. Write your answers on separate paper—then you can use this blank question sheet to study.
  2. Write the question before you write the answer, so it’s easy to study from.

3)      When all groups are finished, all the As will sit together, all the Bs, etc.  They will share their answers with the others so that everyone has all 16 answers.

A: Definitions B: Ideas about Government C: Events & Laws D: Connections
1 What does “taxation without representation” mean?  Give an example. Compare and contrast a democracy and a republic.  (You may use a Venn diagram or explain it in sentences) What were three major impacts of the French & Indian War? Explain the relationship or connection between the King of England and the Colonial Assemblies
2 Who were the Sons of Liberty and what did they want? According to John Locke, what was the purpose of government? Why did American colonists think the Sugar Act was unfair? Explain the relationship or connection between the ideas of the Enlightenment and the boycotts of British products
3 What is a boycott?  Give an example. The English Parliament created a series of taxes for the English colonists. Would John Locke think this is fair?  Explain why or why not. What happened at the Boston Massacre?  Whose fault was it? Explain the relationship or connection between the French & Indian War and the Stamp Act.
4 Who were the minutemen?  What did they do? The English Parliament created a series of taxes for the English colonists.  Would Jean Rosseau think this is fair or not?  Explain why/why not. What happened at Lexington & Concord and why was it important? Explain the connection or relationship between the Boston Tea Party and the Intolerable Acts.
5 What was a Loyalist? Who had more power in the Colonial American government: the Governor or the Colonial Assembly?  Explain. Who did the Stamp Act impact the most?  Why did this matter? Explain the connection or relationship between the Boston Massacre and Minutemen.
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