Adapted from the work of Phil Reece and the Heritage Project of Winnipeg, Canada, students will have the opportunity to personally connect with their local communities as young researchers and historians (http://www.heritagewinnipeg.com).
After researching a brief history of their local community, students will be empowered to select a building, person or event of historical importance that they are curious to learn more about. Focusing on their topic of choice will encourage meaningful and relevant learning. Students can gather and analyze the information in a variety of ways: through researching, interviewing, photographing and/or videotaping. Students will then decide on their most important findings to tell the story of their piece of history. They will illustrate their story through the creation of a project of their choice: a poster, video, song, game, PowerPoint, etc.
Students will experience the art of storytelling when they present the information from their project in an engaging way. During our last live webinar, students will have an opportunity to share their projects with our class to serve as a “dress rehearsal” before presenting or sending their project to an authentic audience of their choice (i.e., Historical Society).
We’ll be bringing history to life!
“History Come Alive was a great class! Everyone, especially Dr. Monita, was full of positive and constructive feedback. There was a lot of connecting the dots and outside the box thinking that was heavily encouraged in this class too….[The activities] really encouraged outside-the-box thinking, and besides that, they were fun!
We learned about things like ‘history repeats itself’, and the impact history has on your community, which were both interesting topics to cover. At the end of the class we had to research a historic building in our community, and the impact it (and the history surrounding it) had on our community.
This class was so fun and really helped me think about history in a different light. I hope you try this class!” ~Athena’s student, Addy