Creating Battle of New Orleans Multimedia Journals Lesson Plan
By Patricia Corral, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Grades: Secondary
Length of Time: Approximately 2 weeks
Goals:
The students will gain a better understanding of the Battle of New Orleans through the use of several forms of multimedia.
Objectives:
1. Students will produce, publish, and present technology projects about the Battle of New Orleans.
2. Students will utilize primary sources and biographical information in a research-based, multimedia presentation.
Materials Used:
1. PowerPoint and wikispaces software
2. Primary sources such as local historians, historic photographs, music, military records, journals, etc.
3. Primary sources such as photos and videos from the Battle of New Orleans Anniversary event
4.Internet Resources
5. Reference Books

Anticipatory Set/Hook:
What are some of the ways that we can present information?
Can computers be useful in doing this?
Could using computers help us learn about the Battle of New Orleans?
Procedure:
Time Involved
-One week for research of topics and storyboard planning (see handout below)
-One week for production of multi-media journals (if students are not familiar with software, please add two days in order to teach them)
Methods and Related Grade Level Expectations
1. Students will complete an in-depth study of the Battle of New Orleans and apply this knowledge to a multi-media journal of the Battle of New Orleans (Social Studies GLE H-1A-H3). Students will take on the persona of a character and create a journal from that character’s voice discussing topics and events relevant to the Battle of New Orleans. Students involved in the anniversary event can choose to document their group experiences at the encampment through creation of a 7-10 minute video.
2. Students will select topics in which they can analyze issues, events, and roles of individuals involved in the Battle of New Orleans. (Social Studies GLE H-1A-H3)(See handout 1 below). Students involved in the anniversary of Battle of New Orleans event will analyze topics related to Free Men of Color, Tennessee Militia and Camp Followers at the Battle of New Orleans, War of 1812.
3. Students will review project guidelines and performance expectations (See handouts 2 and 3 below).
4. Students will utilize research time in the library, in class, and outside of class to investigate their topics.
5. Students will attend lectures by local historians to learn about the Battle of New Orleans and use the information in their research (Social Studies GLE H-1A-H5, English Writing Standard 2 ELA-5-H2).
5. Students will compose and edit at least five journal entries during library/class sessions (English Writing Standard 2 GLE ELA-2-H1).
6. Students will create a multimedia journal using PowerPoint during computer work sessions (English Writing Standard 2 GLE ELA-2-H1, English Writing Standard 5 ELA-5-H4).
7. Students will construct journal entries, utilize pictures and an audio component, and create a works cited page (English Writing Standard 5 ELA-5-H5, ELA-5-H3).
8. Students will post their multimedia projects as an independent wiki that will be on the school be linked to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve web page.
9. Student’s projects will be evaluated for content accuracy by subject matter experts at the park and for English standards by an English Teacher at their school. (See handout 3).