One thing all educators can agree on is that understanding vocabulary words, no matter the subject, is necessary to understand concepts, and think critically about them. One thing we do not all agree on, is how to teach vocabulary. In History, I've used a number of different methods, flash cards, act it out, students create their own definition, etc. For this chapter on American Imperialism I had my students create short video vignettes to illustrate/represent their assigned vocabulary term. I have done similar assignments in the past, but my interest in doing this came from this article in the New York Times.
The assignment was simple, with a group, they were given 3 vocabulary terms from the chapter, they had to create a short video to represent their words, and upload to YouTube. Very simple concept, and I received some great videos! The students enjoyed doing these, and enjoyed learning from one another. It took 1 class period, they used their own devices as well as school ipads. I received over 90 videos, here are a few of them, enjoy!
Chapter 10 Vocabulary Playlist