Instagramification of history…

Another experiment from this year..

I have been trying to figure out how to mess around with Instagram in class.  I experimented by giving the kids the following two images with Paul Revere and a picture taken after the “Shot Heard Round the World:”

Paul Revere InstagramShot Heard Round the World Instagram

They simply had to fill out the bottoms and include hastags. I left the directions wide open to see where they would go.  There were some that were so incredibly witty and wise, and others that just wrote factual summary comments.

Shot Heard Round the world

It was a fun quick assignment that in the future I think I will use again…I am just not sure why…yet.  There is something here.  Before they write they have to brainstorm the key vocab words that they will use.  I think this can be used as an aid where they can write their key words as hastags..just not yet sure how to make it valuable…maybe it is not?

Link to Paul Revere file.

And I did ask permission from the photographer to use his image in the instagram above 🙂


  1. Interesting. Did you give them copies of the template? Or just project for the class? I’ve only played with Instagram; did you use the actual app or just a mockup?

    1. I just put a link at the end of the post to the file that I gave them. Everyone had the chance to receive a paper copy or the could have used the link and copied the file and them type on it. I found a screen shot on line and then just cut and paste in my own information for class. I first projected one of teh Boston Tea Party that we did together as a class. I think the big problem was that 50% of the kids knew exactly what instagram was and how to use hastags to add value to what you were writing, and the other 50% had no clue. I said make sure you use hashtags, and literally some kids wrote the word hastag 🙂

  2. I’ve been lurking on your website for a few months now – A fellow Social Studies teacher pointed me in your direction and I’ve been hooked ever since.

    I’ve been doing a few things similar to this Instagram lesson idea in class with some of my teachers, except we’ve been focusing specifically on the idea of historical “selfies.”

    Here are a couple of resources if you want to try to implement this idea:

    Thanks for sharing such great content!

    1. Hmmm…seems doing the selfies could really get to the gist of the event/person/place. We are doing something on Shays’s rebellion and some kids are doing “six word stories.”

      “Ernest Hemingway, who, according to literary legend, was once challenged to write a short story in only six words. Hemingway’s six-word story read: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

      Seems as though in some way the selfies and instagrams can serve as a visual “six-word story.” With hashtags of course 🙂

      And thanks for no longer lurking!

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