Quaestio: Is history fact or debate?
Nunc Agenda: Working in pairs (one
recorder and one presenter), write about
half a page explaining the story of the
Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving to the
abest of your ability and knowledge. Try
to think of as many details of the story
that you remember.
Read individually, and annotate as you
read (you may write on the paper).
When everyone is done, we will have a
class discussion of the reading
centered on the question:
“Can we trust our history textbooks?”
Follow up question:
“What can we as students of history
do to overcome the problem of
possible inaccuracies and omissions
(leaving out of things) in our own
Investigate History: Columbus
Another controversial history often presented as
simple facts is the story of Columbus’ “discovery”
of America. First, write down 3 “facts” you think
you know about Columbus. Then, use the internet
to do some light research on “the truth about
Columbus.” Write down 3 claims about Columbus
that you have never heard before, and make sure
to mention the source and any evidence it
presents. Finally, find at least ONE contradiction
between different sources you encounter. Follow
the table format on the smartboard.