Students learn that history has many voices and perspectives by researching places in their own communities. The unit introduces students to the kinds of questions historians ask and provides them with first-hand experience with research strategies and techniques, including examining artifacts, locating primary and secondary sources, and conducting interviews.
Length: 10 50-minute sessions
Unit Project Description
The project is to create a podcast script, or an actual podcast, about the history of a building or other physical place in the community. Students work in pairs to select a location on which to base a podcast, and then generate questions about that place and its role in history. They research the history of their location using a variety of source materials and write a script for a 3- to 5-minute audio podcast.