Two assignments, and a PowerPoint that help scaffold students' understanding and ability to assess the significance of historical events.
The PowerPoint walks students through the differences between the past and history. It gives students criteria in order to assess significance. It then shows students how they can apply the concept of significance to events in their own life.
In the "History of Myself" assignments, students are asked to identify three significant events from their past, and to explain how they are significant. Students are asked to present these events in the form of a short book, essay, PowerPoint, or collage. Students are provided with suggestions on how to identify significant events from their past, along with a set of guiding questions to help them explain the significance of these events. A rubric is provided for the "History of Myself" assignment.
After completing the "History of Myself" assignment, students are given access to a mystery box of artifacts from their teacher's past. Students record descriptions of the artifacts, and make inferences about them. Students then write a conclusion/narrative about their teacher's history. This not only allows students to assess significance, but it also gets them thinking like an archaeologist by making inferences about artifacts left behind by other people. Included in this lesson is a graphic organizer for students to record their evidence and inferences.
These two assignments are meant to scaffold students' understanding and ability so that they can assess the significance of actual historical events, and make inferences about actual historical evidence.
Both PDF and Word Docs, along with the PowerPoint, are included in the Zip file.
Designed to be aligned with British Columbia's social studies curriculum (historical significance), but works with other curriculum as well.
8 slide PowerPoint, 4 Page Document (assignment sheet, organizer, explanation, and rubric)