Bayside Middle explores American Revolution through the eyes of social media

Marqis Turner shows off the Facebook page he built for Patrick Henry.

Marqis Turner shows off the Facebook page he built for Patrick Henry.

What if George Washington had a Facebook page? Sixth grade social studies students at Bayside Middle School recently explored how today’s social media tools would have influenced the heroes of the American Revolutionary War. Students created Facebook pages with conversations between people such as Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Phillis Wheatley and John Adams.

Sixth grade social studies teachers Kenneth Reichert and Christine Bullard asked their classes to apply their knowledge of history in creating the mock social  media posts. Students worked with templates that did not publish the Facebook pages online. The process began with students using researched to write a profile of their chosen figure. Next they created posts and comments from historic friends of the period. Even George III of England could join in the conversation.

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