Students as historians, back to school assignment

One of the greatest challenges that history teachers have is to make long-ago events relevant and interesting to 21st century students.

We’ve had a lot of success by beginning the year with a personal history assignment. We’ve done several versions of this lesson, sometimes having them write an autobiography as a way of understanding that history is merely a series of stories about the world, similar to their own lives. We’ve had them conduct an oral history interview with an elder they feel close to, in order to experience the process firsthand.

This time we are including a lesson that requires students to chose an event that has helped shaped who they are today, in order to differentiate significant moments in their own history.

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Back to school 1950s-style

In order to let students know our expectations about their behavior in school.

Here’s a good laugh….