This lesson provides a hands-on approach to historical inquiry. It allows students to put their historical inquiry skills to use in a simulated investigation.
After dumping a random assortment of "stuff" from a trash bag in the middle of your classroom floor, use these handouts to guide students into figuring out who's trash they have found.
This activity gives them a chance to be real investigators.
A follow-up discussion on their hypothesis should lead into a discussion on how history is an evaluation made by historians.