Act Like a Historian

Project | English

Suggested Levels: Grades 4-7

This project will help initiate students to the importance of understanding the role historical events play in present day life.

Students will play the role of a historian in decoding and interpreting documents that stem from a particular point in time during the mid 1900's. As they move through the project they are eventually presented with a video that confirms the actual event that is reflected in the documents.

This is a great opportunity for students to make predictions about texts, explore possibilities and support their thinking based on what they view, read and understand from a series of historical documents.

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Students need plenty of opportunity to understand the importance of history as well as how we make sense of historical events and the lessons of tolerance that can be derived from past events.

This project is an opportunity for students to practice reading a variety of texts (print, image, media texts) and making predictions about the relevancy of those texts and the stories they might tell about the past.

This project promotes critical reading skills while engaging students in history. The historical time period is WW2 and the Japanese Internment Camps.

The combination of historical facts and information makes this a great cross-curricular language and history content piece. This project is ultimately designed for upper elementary to middle school and available in both English and French.

Media included in this project:

  • 1 Article: Japanese Internment Camps

  • 11 Historical Images related to Japanese Internment Camps

  • 1 Video: Prisoners of War in Their Own Country

Media included in this project:

  • 1 Article: Japanese Internment Camps

  • 11 Historical Images related to Japanese Internment Camps

  • 1 Video: Prisoners of War in Their Own Country