What Is History?
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Students process a variety of information on the reasons for different interpretations of history.
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What Is History?
Five important tenets of any social studies class are available for young historians with a poster that defines history as an account of the past. It encourages learners to question reliability of an author's perspective, as well as to...
5th - 10th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
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 Histories and Everyday Heros
Scholars learn about September 11th, the day the World Trade Center was attacked, with the help of primary sources. As pupils listen to a first-hand account from survivor, Tom Canavan, they pinpoint character traits that make him a hero...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
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
What is Love?
Love is "potentially the most intensely thought about thing in all of human history." We rank, define, and fall into love...but what is it really? Explore the various ways humanity has come to define love, from a set of behaviors or an...
5 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
A Brief History of Melancholy
What is sadness? How is it part of the human experience, and does it have any value? Explore how the concept of sadness has evolved throughout history and across cultures, and discuss its ties to philosophy and implications for...
5 mins 8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Crack the Case: History's Toughest Mysteries
Young sleuths don their trench coats, tip their fedoras, and grab their notepads to investigate one of four famous unsolved mysteries. After examining multiple primary and secondary sources related to their cold case, they propose a...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
"For What Is a Mother Responsible?" -- Idealized Motherhood vs. the Realities of Motherhood in Antebellum North Carolina
What is a mother's role in American society? According to an article in a 1845 newspaper, to the mother falls the job of daily, hourly "weeding her little garden--of eradicating these odious productions (like vice, fraud, idleness) and...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Who Were the Vestal Virgins, and What Was Their Job?
Keeping the flame lit for the goddess Vesta was the primary job of the Vestal Virgins — but it also put their very lives in danger. An informative video takes viewers through the journey of Licinia, a young girl chosen to be a Vestal...
5 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable