What was early American dentistry like during the time of George Washington and what do credible sources from the era reveal about this topic? Many of us take for granted just how far American dentistry has come in just a few centuries and since the day of Washington's infamous dental issues. In this mini-unit, your students will come to understand not only the problems and methods involved in early American dentistry, but they will learn how to discern whether a source is credible regarding a specific historical topic.
During this mini-unit, students will specifically:
-Respond to a Bell Ringer that asks them to list two of the materials used to create Washington's dentures.
-Watch a short video clip explaining what was used in these dentures.
-Read a short informational reading about the myths surrounding Washington's teeth.
-Engage in a team activity called Collective Wisdom through which each student can demonstrate what they already know about the practices and issues of modern dentistry.
-Respond to a Bell Ringer in which they attempt to correctly guess the percentage of adults who have had a cavity in their lifetimes.
-Listen to and discuss a recording about a recent historic discovery that has altered historians and anthropologists' views on when humans first started developing cavities.
-Analyze a variety of historical sources regarding dentistry during the 1700s and answer probing questions about these sources.
-Respond to a Bell Ringer in which they determine which historical source out of a list of three sources they would not use based on flaws with that particular source.
-Utilizing the credibility criteria worksheet, they will evaluate each of the sources from the previous day and discern whether they are credible regarding the topic.
-Conclude with an Exit Ticket that has them explain what dentistry was like in Early America using only information from sources deemed to be credible.
Answer Keys, Rubrics, and Extension Resources Included!