Lesson Plans: Susanna Dickinson Podcast

Subject:            Social Studies

Grade:              4th Grade

Topic:               Remember the Alamo Defenders

 Content: Students will download podcasts of reenactments of Susanna Dickinson’s recounts of the Battle of the Alamo


  1. Students will be familiarized with new media and technologies through the introduction, download, and use of a podcast
  2. Through the illustration of the Battle of the Alamo provided by the podcasts, students will be able to understand and visualize the events and aftermath of the battle. It serves to render an idea of what the battle was like from the perspective of a defender.

Learning Objectives: Students will be able to summarize contributions made by important persons involved in the Battle of the Alamo by writing a paragraph based on small group research.

 TEKS Addressed:

(3) History. The student understands the importance of the Texas Revolution, the Republic of Texas, and the annexation of Texas to the United States. The student is expected to:(B) summarize the significant contributions of individuals such as Texians William B. Travis, James Bowie, David Crockett, George Childress, and Sidney Sherman; Tejanos Juan Antonio Padilla, Carlos Espalier, Juan N. Seguín, Plácido Benavides, and José Francisco Ruiz; Mexicans Antonio López de Santa Anna and Vicente Filisola; and non-combatants Susanna Dickinson and Enrique Esparza;(21) Social studies skills. The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of valid sources, including electronic technology. The student is expected to: (A) differentiate between, locate, and use valid primary and secondary sources such as computer software; interviews; biographies; oral, print, and visual material; documents; and artifacts to acquire information about the United States and Texas; (B) analyze information by sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations and predictions, and drawing inferences and conclusions; (D) identify different points of view about an issue, topic, historical event, or current event

 Technology TEKS Addressed:

§126.3. Technology Applications, Grades 3-5. (4) Information acquisition. The student uses a variety of strategies to acquire information from electronic resources, with appropriate supervision. The student is expected to: (A) apply appropriate electronic search strategies in the acquisition of information including keyword and Boolean search strategies; and (B) select appropriate strategies to navigate and access information on local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs), including the Internet and intranet, for research and resource sharing.(8) Solving problems. The student uses research skills and electronic communication, with appropriate supervision, to create new knowledge. The student is expected to: (A) use communication tools to participate in group projects;

Task Description: Students will download the Susanna Dickinson podcast onto their personal or school supplied portable media player and listen to the reenactment of Susanna Dickinson’s recounts of the Battle of the Alamo.

Teacher Role: Teachers will research Susanna Dickinson, the Battle of the Alamo, and her role in it. With the information gathered, the teacher will then organize a factual monologue in first person and speak as Susanna Dickinson retelling her story. The voice will be recorded for the podcast and compiled along with fitting instrumentals and sound effects. The teacher will then post the podcast on the wiki or website where it is accessible to students.

Student Role: Students will access the class wiki or website where the teacher posted the podcast and download it, storing it on a media player. The students will then listen attentively to the narration and make meaningful and thoughtful connections between the podcast and the events they had learned about throughout the unit. Students will write a one paragraph reflection based on how they experienced the narration.


  • Computer and Internet Access
  • Student Wiki Account to Log In and Download Podcast
  • School-loaned or Personal Media Player and Headset

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