Lesson

Using Historical Markers to Document People, Places, and Events

Lesson Overview

In this lesson, students will research, design, and write the narrative for a historical marker.  First, they will observe historical markers across the United States.  Then, they will focus on markers in their own community and state.  Next, they will select an important person, place, or event that has not been recognized, but that they feel deserves notice.  Then, they will gather data from primary resources such as letters, journals, diaries, newspapers,government documents, or speeches.  They will interview community leades or  experts on local history to understand the relevance of their selected topic to their community.  Using their research, they will create a marker design and text.  Finally, they will present their marker design and jjustification for their marker in the community.  Students should be able to 

  • Explain significant people, places, and events in local history
  • Work as a team throughout a semester
  • Create an artifact that explains an aspect of local history

Duration
Semester
Lesson Type
Project Based Lesson

Essential Question

Why are historical markers significant in understanding state and local history, and how can they be used in the present?

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Other Instructional Materials or Notes:

6, 8

Social Studies

Google Slides presentation with guided and independent practice
Google Docs handouts that can be completed on computer or printed out for students
Assessment rubric
Sample pictures of historical markers.
Guest speakers from local historical preservation organizations who will discuss local personalities, places, and events that need markers 

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Lesson Created By: Eugene Ramsey Hardin IV

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