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Daily Journal: Day 1 GET YOUR HOMEWORK OUT Be sure your name is on the outside cover On page one write the following: Date Question Answer in complete sentences DO NOT put up until graded
What is history? A Guide to the study of history and historical identifications
Turn to the person next to you… Discuss the homework question…what is history? Why do we study it? Together, take 5 minutes to create a perfect definition of history to share with the class.
What is history? A study of the events of the past, how and why they happened, as well as what happened as a result. (alternate definition: a study of what people do TO people and what people do FOR people)
What is history? HISTORY = CHANGE (Cause and effect) + COMPARISON (Across time/space) + CONNECTION (networks of goods, people and ideas)
Why study history? Learn from the past to not repeat mistakes Historical background sheds light on present people, places, ideas…just makes sense! Gives a individuals a sense of belonging Teaches critical thinking/problem solving skills
How do we know what we know about history when we were not there?
The Written Record Primary Source an account from someone who experienced the event firsthand Examples: diary, letters, speeches Secondary Source Uses and compiles primary sources to create a story Example: textbook
Oral Record Accounts and stories told and exchanged verbally May not be written down until long after events Are oral histories important? Reliable?
Historical Significance CAN BE MORE THAN ONE RIGHT ANSWER Cause/effect relationships Connections across time, place, people Impact on history
An example… “Remember the Alamo” “Remember the Alamo” was a rallying cry from the Texas War for Independence.
How does this look? Barack Obama is the 42 nd president of the United States of America. He was elected in 2008 and will serve as president until 2012. During his presidency he has scaled back troops in Iraq, worked to minimize economic problems in America and sought to ease nuclear tensions therefore winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
How about this one? The Battle of Stalingrad occurred in 1943 between the USSR and Nazi forces. Stalingrad was sought after due to its prime location on rail lines and its industrial sites. The Nazi blitzkrieg was ineffective because urban fighting took the battle from house to house. Lutwaffe bombing actually created more debris for Soviet soldiers and civilians to use to their advantage. While the Soviets suffered many casualties they ultimately won. This battle is significant because it turned the tide of the war in the Allies favor.
With the person sitting next to you… Identify Abraham Lincoln
One more… Ms. Garcia is a teacher at Hanes Magnet Middle School in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Although she moved around a lot as a child, she is a Michigan native. She attended the University of Michigan and studied history and education. She taught two years at North Rowan Middle School before leaving to get her Masters at Wake Forest. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys reading, working out, Michigan football and spending time with friends and family. Ms. Garcia is significant because she molds and shapes young minds to think critically and examine history from multiple perspectives.
HOMEWORK Write a historical identification of yourself, family member or an important event from your life. Must be in the same paragraph format AND include historical significance. REMEMBER historical significance is relative. What is important to you or to American history may not be to others.