Urban Middle School eighth graders have been working together in a program designed to bring history alive through academics.
Students journeyed in historical research through the theme of The Individual in History their Actions, Legacies, and Freedoms.
This unit is specifically designed to integrate language arts concepts
along with history concepts. In doing so students are engaged in the
process of discovery and interpretation of historical individuals to
produce a historical paper and exhibit.
is a different way of looking at history where students really get
involved in an individual in history," said Mary Meyers-Wenninger,
investigate their historical individual through conducting research
through books, archives, museums, oral history, online data basis,
primary sources, and visits to historical sites.
are encouraged to raise questions and to marshal solid evidence in
support of their answers; to go beyond the facts presented in their
textbooks and examine the historical record themselves; and to consult
primary documents imaginatively.
presented their historic figure in an exhibit to show why this person
was important. Parents and staff members were invited to the library on
March 30 to view the exhibits and ask students questions.
"It's a way of learning visually which is set into motion by the team," said one student.
Another eighth grader commented, "The work of 8-3 students has created a powerful learning environment."