Thursday, March 8, 2012

COD - 3/8/2012 - You Be the Historian [Social Studies]


You Be the Historian helps students understand what life was like for Thomas and Elizabeth Springer's family in New Castle, Delaware, in the early 19th century.


You Be the Historian can serve as a good prompt for class discussions about primary and secondary sources and the historical process.

At the same time, You Be the Historian can lead students to consider what historians in the next century might learn about them if they found their houses exactly the way they are today. The What about you? sections of the activity personalize the study of history for students who are encouraged to think about what future historians might learn about them, their school, etc.

The activity can also be used as an introduction (or supplemental material) to life in the late 1700s-early 1800s. You Be the Historian offers strategies both if your students have access to the Internet or do not have access. In either case, the focus is on the documentary evidence. You may also print the Questions for Future Historians to go along with printed or Internet material.


You Be the Historian is affiliated with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.


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