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Students investigate historic events through the eyes of people who were their age when the event happened. Through personal interviews, students gain insights on the impact of these events on these people's lives and on the world at large.
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Lone Dog's Winter Count: Keeping History Alive
What is oral tradition, and what unique tool did the Native Americans of the Northern Great Plains use to help them remember their complex histories? Through pictograph analysis, discussion, research, and an engaging hands-on activity,...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Oral History Interview Questions Worksheet
What is an oral history interview? What goes into the planning and what should be said? Why is it important that we know and learn from oral history? This is an excellent instructional activity to support your young historians as they...
4th - 8th English Language Arts
Lesson: Collect Oral Histories About the Genocide in Guatemala
Begin this powerful study on the Guatemalan genocide with a nine-minute video clip, which can be easily found online. The excerpt introduces the class to this tragedy through a personal account, which is what they will be collecting....
7th - Higher Ed English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
New Review "The Real McCoy:" African American Inventors in History
Class members research African American inventors, the challenges they faced in their attempts to patent their works, and the importance of their inventions to the development of technology. After a brief introduction to inventors Elijah...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Unexpected Family History
The history of the northern states' involvement in the slave trade is not widely known. This resource uses the PBS documentary, Traces of the Trade, and the nonfiction book, Children of the New England Slave Trade, to examine this aspect...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Black and White in United States History: A Gray Area
Compare and contrast old and modern historical accounts of the life of Thomas Jefferson. Learners begin by evaluating the responsibilities of history textbooks in reporting historical events, people, and eras. Next, they discuss how new...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Living History Timeline
As part of a living history research project, learners research a chosen historical figure that they will study and physically represent in a gallery walk. This resource includes a project description, letter to parents, rubric, and...
4th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Incredible History of China's Terracotta Warriors
What does the discovery of 8,000 life-sized clay soldiers and the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang reveal about ancient Chinese culture? A great deal! Take a look at this fascinating archaeological find and explore ancient Chinese social...
5 mins 7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Victor's Virtue: A Cultural History of Sport
Pupils explore the meaning of the ancient Greek word aretê and the place of virtue in historical athletic competition and modern sports. They begin by reading an informational text on the goal of sports in education, and then evaluate...
10th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable