Active Reading Tools and Case Study Analysis with a Flip


The popular flipped classroom approach features students watching a teacher’s video lecture at home and working on practice problems in class. We want to stretch that model by giving students online tools that streamline the challenging steps in the close reading process. Following the case study approach used in Curriculum Pathways tools, students engage in background tutorials to set up probing questions like, “Who is to blame for starting WWI?” Background movies and online note-taking tools prepare students to read primary-source passages and use the online analysis tool in class. So the flip allows teachers to be active coaches when students encounter the most challenging part of the learning processthe active reading.

“When we ask students to work with and learn from primary sources, we transform them into historians. Rather than passively receiving information from a teacher or textbook, students engage in the activities of historians—making sense of the stories, events and ideas of the past through document analysis.”
— National Center for History in Schools

Using these free online tools prompts students to examine primary sources, define unknown vocabulary, make comments on key passages within a text, and begin constructing arguments based on textual evidence to debate the issues.

Want to learn more?

If you are attending ISTE this year in San Antonio, stop by our poster session, Active Reading Tools and Case Study Analysis with a Flip on Wednesday, June 28 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. We'll do the following:

  • Explore online tools focused on active reading.
  • Practice methods that increase student engagement.
  • Discover new techniques to promote critical thinking.

This JFK document - including the audio recording - is part of the Explore! Primary Sources repository.


About Author

Molly Farrow

Molly Farrow taught high school history for 11 years in Wake County and Durham County. She also taught at the Taipei American School in Taiwan. She received a M.A.T. degree from the University of North Carolina and a B.S. degree in Political Science from Wake Forest University. Outside work, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and their dog, Dante.

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