A lot of secrets are contained within a cemetery, but there is lots of good evidence that can be ascertained by examining the stones.
In this instance, young historians will be seeking out a common theme—which graves belong to veterans.
The project, which will be explained further, can be solo or partnered.
I am indebted to Viktor Konrad, who was my college instructor at the University of Maine in a course entitled Historical Geography. This project has its roots in an assignment given by him which has stayed with me for nearly 40 years. Also to a former classmate, Cindy Leadbeater, whose recent cemetery visit rekindled this idea.
Young Historians will need to visit a local cemetery. (This is used best as an out of class activity as opposed to a field trip).
The goal is to identify at least 10 stones that mark the final resting places of veterans.
A writing assignment that outlines their findings along with a slides/power point presentation of evidence will highlight their visits.
There is NO rubric included as this is a malleable assignment that can be shaped into numerous forms. High Schoolers can have a more narrowed focus, such as WWII veterans, as an example.
You will notice that this is NOT a formula five-paragraph essay writing assignment. It does involve Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading, however. Especially if this is a partner assignment. The writing should be individualized. The presentation (which does not need oral presentation) will be a joint effort.