In this guest post, teacher Maria Adamson shares techniques for drawing students into the messiness of history, and giving them practice asking critically minded questions of the sources they encounter. Using this approach, she developed two new teaching activities focusing on identification papers of several Chinese people who were "on exhibit" in an ethnographic display in Philadelphia in 1899.
Read about one student's research into historical photographs to create a National History Day documentary about Congresswoman Shirley Chisolm.
Check out our sister blog, The Unwritten Record, for a great list of film footage for National History Day projects for this year's theme: "Communication in History: The Key to Understanding"!
Read about two students who researched visual sources to create a National History Day documentary about attorney Minoru Yasui.
Read about one student's research into legislative, genealogical and video sources to create a National History Day documentary project about Dr. Patricia Bath.
Read about one student's research in court documents and oral history to create a National History Day documentary project about the Mendez v. Westminster school segregation case.
A new teaching activity focuses on a teenage refugee's written composition about his experience in the United States during WWII.
After World War II, the United States fostered cultural exchange in the interest of diplomacy. We have a number of online learning activities to explore this time period.
In this new activity, students engage in a comparison of the American Declaration of Independence and the French Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen to learn about the Enlightenment and revolutionary ideas.
In this activity students will dive into three primary sources: Magna Carta, the English Bill of Rights, and the Bill of Rights from the U.S. Constitution.