Why Study History? First Day of School Activity for World and American History!

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Learning Objective

Students will learn about the importance of studying history by interpreting a variety of short quotes from 12 influential historians, artists, authors, and celebrities.


This highly-engaging "why study history" lesson engages students on the study of history, why it is important, and why we study it. This resource is an outstanding way to start your year as it promotes critical thinking, requires analysis, and sets the framework for studying history and social studies throughout your school year.

Students understand the importance of studying history from examining the words of 12 influential people (John F Kennedy, Pearl Buck, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Mahatma Gandhi, Michael Crichton, Alexis de Tocqueville, Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, Adolf Hitler, Martin Luther King Jr, Winston Churchill, and more!). A new Google 1:1 version is now included!

Students examine 12 quotes about the importance of history from 12 influential people to understand why this subject is worth studying. Students complete a 2-page chart as they analyze each quote and explain why it matters, then students complete a short writing prompt where they explain why history is important!

This is a great activity to introduce history at the beginning of the school year!


A new teacher guide has been added to help you with the quotes too!

This resource is included in the very popular American History and World History PLUS curriculum bundles!


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