Did the Vikings really discover America first?
A history web-investigation designed to get students thinking about how to use primary sources!
When first confronted with primary sources, especially the ones that aren't written in the most student-friendly language, students can feel understandably nervous. For that reason, they're often scared off of primary sources from any period in history which makes research projects that much harder.
In order to help students feel more comfortable using primary sources, this Vinland Map investigation is designed for debate. Using a web-based evidence exploration, students will try to determine whether or not the Vinland Map is genuine or a total fake. This is an important skill for them to have, especially as Social Studies becomes more research-focused.
To wrap up the activity, students will figure out exactly what they need to be cautious of when dealing with primary sources and will design caution signs meant to help other future historians prepare themselves for research!
Teacher directions and answer key included.