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Halloween: A History

Grade Level: Ninth Grade Global Studies

Standards: Intermediate World History

Standard One: The study of world cultures and civilizations, including an analysis of

important ideas, social and cultural values, beliefs, and traditions. This study also

examines the human condition and the connections and interactions of people across time

and space and the ways different people view the same event or issue from a variety of

perspectives. The study of world history requires an understanding of world cultures and

civilizations, including an analysis of important ideas, social and cultural values, beliefs,

and traditions. This study also examines the human condition and the connections and

interactions of people across time and space and the ways different people view the same

event or issue from a variety of perspectives.

Performance Indicator: Know the social and economic characteristics, such as customs,

traditions, child-rearing practices, ways of making a living, education and socialization

practices, gender roles, foods, and religious and spiritual beliefs that distinguish different

cultures and civilizations.

Standard Four: The skills of historical analysis include the ability to investigate

differing and competing interpretations of the theories of history, hypothesize about why

interpretations change over time, explain the importance of historical evidence, and

understand the concepts of change and continuity over time.

Performance Indicator: Analyze different interpretations of important events and

themes in world history and explain the various frames of reference expressed by
different historians.

ISTE Standards:

3. Research and Information Fluency

Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:

a. plan strategies to guide inquiry.

b. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a

variety of sources and media.

c. evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness

to specific tasks.

d. process data and report results.

Objectives:

Students will be able to use the internet to conduct research.

Students will be able to understand that Halloween is a historical development and is

celebrated in many different ways around the world.

Students will be able to synthesize their research into an informational handout.

Introduce the Learning Activity:

A. I will introduce the lesson to the students by asking what they think the purpose of

Halloween is.

B. I will get the students interested in the lesson by showing a short animation that gives

instructions for the activity. It will also entertain students at this grade level. I can also

tell the students that I made the animation and that they will have the opportunity to

create their own animation later in the season. I will let students know that the

information that they find will be presented as informational handout to their school on
Halloween.

Provide Information:

A. I will tell the students what cultures they will be researching, for example the Celts

and the Druids.

Using sites:

http://www.history.com/topics/halloween
http://www.history.com/topics/halloween-around-the-world

B. I will give students a sample question and answer it for them, so they can see what I

am expecting.

Provide Practice:

A. Students will have one class period in the library to work individually on their culture.

On the second day we will work as a class to development the handout to give to the

school.

Provide Knowledge of Results:

A. Throughout the individual practice I will walk around the room and ensure that the

students are progressing through the activity. I will provide verbal feedback at this time.

On the second day I will be working with the class as a whole and will provide verbal

feedback then.

B. On the worksheets that the students hand back to me I can make written comments and

return them to the students. I can also make comments on their participation in the group

activity on the second day.

Review the Activity:

A. I will expect the students to read the entire section of the website that applies to their
assigned culture. They will answer specific questions, but must include at least five other

pieces of information they find while reading. The second day of the assignment will

allow the students to work together to summarize the important points of the lesson, as

well as understand the overarching theme, which is to understand how other cultures

celebrate their tradition of Halloween.

Method of Assessment:

This assignment will be judged on the students accuracy of information, ability to stay on

task, and their contribution to group work.