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Unit #100: How Do We Study History? - An Introduction
Learning Target: I can IDENTIFY how historians discover new information about the pass and EXPLAIN why it's important to learn about history. 

Please complete the steps below to prepare for this assignment:

 Today you will be completing one of the assignments below.  Please wait for Mr. Gigliotti to assign you a color below.  Collaborate with your group in order to complete the assignment. 
 Use the numbers below to help you follow the directions in order to be successful.  

Red Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

 Part I: Why is it important to study history?  Quote Activity

1.  Choose ONE person in your group to act as your group's "scribe."  This student will create a google doc and share it with the others.  All other group members should have the quotes on their
     Chomebook's screen so that they can participate in the activity. 

2.  Students always ask me, "why do we have to learn about history?"  Your group will be reading each of the famous quotes about the importance of studying of history below. 

3.  Read each quote out loud with your group.   
  “Those who do not learn from History are doomed to repeat it.”       George Santayana - Spanish Philosopher        

   “Study the past, if you want to define the future.”  Confusious – Ancient Chinese Philosopher

   “Educate and inform the whole mass of people . . . they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”      Thomas Jefferson – Founding Father        

   “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”     
     Ronald Reagan – President of the United States

4.  Now as a group, choose TWO of the quotes above.  Have your scribe place the quote in your google doc.   As a group, write a brief explanation about what your group feels the quote

5.  Be pepared to share your quote and explaination with the rest of the class. 

White Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

 Part I: How Do We Learn About the Past?

Each member of your group should open up a blank Microsoft Word document found in Microsoft 360 to help you record your answers. 

2.  Students often ask me "How do we know these things really happened in the past?"  Your group will be answering that question. 

3.  Watch the short video about "Archeology" below.  


4.  Next, work together and use the facts you learned about the study of the past to make a "step by step" process explaining how we learn about the past.  Look at the example below.   Your group should list at
     least three steps.  Place your list in a Word file.  If you need help, re-watch parts of the video which explains the process.  Be prepared to share this process with the class. 

      Example of a Step By Step Process Below:

      How do people brush their teeth?
  1.        1.  Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
  2.        2.  Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
  3.        3.  Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.


Blue Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

 Part I: Important Vocabulary

1.  Each member of your group should open up a blank Microsoft Word document found in Microsoft 360 to help you record your answers. 

2.  Students often ask me "What does this word mean?"  Your group will looking up definitions to help the class learn important vocabulary. 

3.  Conduct an Internet search to define the terms below.  Place the term and the definition in your Word document.  Do not copy and paste.  Write each definition in your own words.
  Vocabulary List:      Primary Source      Secondary Source      Artifacts      Archeologist      Authenticity     Chronology      Bias

 4.  Be prepared to share your definitions with the class.     


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