History Detective Project

Encourage your pupils to put on their Sherlock Holmes deerstalker caps and investigate a specific event in history. They can choose from the long list of topics on the first page of the resource, and record their initial questions and findings on the graphic organizer. Since the possible topics cover everything from Native Americans to present day America, consider this as a final or introductory project to get your class to conduct research and think about the importance of historical events.

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Pros

  • Many ideas are listed to inspire a variety of projects
  • Invites individuals to ask their own questions and find their own answers
Cons

  • There isn't much space to record research findings on the graphic organizer
  • The project is surface level; if you wish your class to go deeper and complete a more complex project, use this as the first day brainstorm and go from there