This outstanding iPad card sort using the Thinking Kit software, is designed to help students analysing the key reasons why it was difficult to maintain law and order in the American West. It can be used as a revision exercise, starter or plenary and will work along side any main stream text book or resource on the American West.
When you download this resource you will also receive a hard copy of the card sort as well as a PowerPoint with the aims, objectives, instructions, task codes and the password you will need to activate the activity on https://www.Thinking-Kit.com/. The activity involves sorting eleven statements by dragging and dropping them onto either political, economic, social, geographical or values & attitudes headings. Once the initial activity is complete, students can then discuss and feedback their answers before saving them into a PDF version which can be saved, submitted for marking or printed off. A second thinking kit activity will be attached to this resource which will then allow your students to prioritise the different factors by organising them into a thinking skills review triangle. The final result should make an excellent plan for writing an extended answer on this topic.
The first resource entitled 'Card Sort - Why was law and order a problem in the West?', includes five headings under which the students can sort the rest of the cards. These are political, social, economic, geographical, values and attitudes. The rest of the resource then includes 11 cards which can be matched to the headings.
I've also included a hard copy of both card sorts in the form of a Microsoft Office Word document as a courtesy, just in case you do not have enough iPads on the day.
The aims and objectives for this lesson are:
Theme: The American West
Know: What were the key reasons why maintaining law and order was difficult?
Understand: What roles did social, economic, geographical factors as well as the values and attitudes play of the people at the time, play in making law enforcement difficult?
Evaluate: Which was the most important factor?
WILF - What Am I Looking For?
Identify and describe: what were the main reasons why maintaining law and order was difficult?
Explain: What roles did social, economic, geographical, factors as well as the values and attitudes of people at the time, play in making law enforcement difficult?
Analyse: Which was the most important factor?