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Responding to the Needs of Diverse Learners

Patricia O'Connor

Revolution Unit: Group Instructions

Essential Question

What is Revolution?

Secondary Questions

What was significant about the____________ Revolution?
What are the most essential elements for understanding why this revolution occurred?
Developed as it did?
What were the short- and long-term consequences?
Was the revolution successful? What conditions helped it to be successful? If it failed, why?
Is it an ongoing revolution?

More Questions

Depending on the area that you research, you may want to include other information that would help others to understand this revolution.

Project Content

Answer essential question.

Answer secondary questions.

A selection of literature, arts, musical lyrics, architecture, etc. should be included to demonstrate the cultural impact that this revolution has had on society.

Original writings from each member of the group should be included.


Format should be appropriate for display.

Display should be no larger than a single poster board.

All materials should be typed. Graphics should be in color, either from your computer's printer or using colored pencils.

Bibliography must be included (Web sites also).

Somewhere on the poster board should be your revolutionary topic with your team's names listed clearly.
All work should be written in FIRST PERSON. You should all assume the roles of revolutionaries. YOU are writing about your revolution as a tribute and a historical remembrance of your struggle. This means that your paper should not sound like an encyclopedia. It should sound like a passionate record of your life's work. The paper should still reflect historical accuracy, but you may include personal accounts. Relax and try to have some fun with this.

These are vague instructions. We're sorry, but the nature of this assignment is that you will all find different ways to demonstrate your answers to the Essential and Secondary Questions. That's good. We want to see creativity and originality. We want to see good group interaction.

Remember the essential qualities that we talked about when we built team towers, that are necessary for a good "product" to be produced. Your classmates and others will see your final product. Make sure you are pleased to show it.

While you are doing your project, Mrs. O'Connor will be doing one of her own to model the kind of work that we would like to see you do. Watch carefully as she does her presentations.

Your First Steps

  1. Organize your group.
  2. Select revolution topic.
  3. Go back to your notebook and review your notes on revolution. They should help you remember what to look for when you begin to do your research.
  4. Exhaust home resources. (Remember to save information for bibliography.)
  5. Check out Mrs. O'Connor's supplies. Treat them very, very gently.



Cuba (1950s)
South Africa
Mexico (1910–1934)
Iran (1979)
Slave Revolts

Russia (1905, 1918, 1939, 1990)
China (1949,1990s)
India (1945)
Protestant Reformation
Cambodia (1975–1979)
Spam (1935)
El Salvador

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