The Treaty of Versailles and The Colonial Slave Debate.
The attached product is part of a teaching strategy I have created called "Hisstories." Hisstories are original works of historical fiction that have primary source linked throughout. The text is color coded with red text being a direct quote from a primary source, and brown text being a reference to a source.
For instance, Frederick Sackett, the main character in the "Treaty of Versailles" Hisstory, at one point tells a reporter the Treaty of Versailles "contained demands no nation could endure." The quoted text would be colored red in the story, and the reader could click the words to be taken to a newspaper article contained in a Google archive.
Corresponding worksheets accompany each Hisstory. The worksheets are meant to guide student and teacher discussions, and to help students navigate through the primary sources.
I have included two Hisstories, corresponding worksheets, and a short essay of six ways to use Hisstories in the classroom in this free package. Please note that all primary sources not in the public domain are used with permission, so no copyright infringement is taking place! All sources are cited as well.
The first Hisstory is titled "Slavery Debate in Questions." The story is a dialogue between two colonial era men debating the validity of slavery. The story's dialogue contains only questions. Question marks are the only sentence ending punctuation found in the story. "Slavery Debate in Questions" contains six primary source links.
The second Hisstory is titled "The Treaty of Versailles." It is about the United States Ambassador to Germany after WWI, Frederick Sackett. Sackett was a little known historical figure, but one that was highly entertaining. The story is about his first trip to Germany after WWI, and his lack of understanding regarding the devastation the Treaty of Versailles led to in Germany.
Hisstories are meant to be enjoyed by students ranging from 4th-12th grade; obviously, older students will better understand the significance of the primary sources, but younger students can read the stories without even looking at the primary sources and still learn history in an interesting way.
More information may be found at: www.hisstories.net
(Please note the website is new and undergoing construction!)
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