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Christine Esposito

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Helping out future historians: Keeping a Journal.

You know my favorite thing to teach is history. For the next week or two, you guys are going to take on the role of historians. Did you ever stop to think about how I know so much history? It's because I read a lot. Historians have to read a lot too. How do historians know was happening during the American Revolution? Or the Civil War? Or the Civil Rights Movement? One very important way is the use of primary sources. A primary source is a document that was created at the time the event occurred by someone who was there. It tells the story from that person's point of view. It could be a picture, or a document (like the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution), it could be diary or a journal. These are all different ways that historians learn what life was like during a specific period of time. For the next week or so, I want you to help future historians learn what life was like during this time. Your job is to keep a journal. It can be paper, you can use Google Docs, you can draw pictures, you can use SeeSaw to write, draw, upload photos or create videos. If you have other ideas, let your teacher know. You must do at least 3 different types of entries (at least one written, one photo or drawing and one video). You may do more than that. Remember, someday historians might read what you've written or drawn or recorded to learn about what life was like in the spring of 2020. You could write about what life is like at your house, how you're spending your day, whether or not you like going to school online, how awesome your teachers are, how happy you are not to have to get up early, how you entertain yourself during the day. You can write about anything you want, as long as it's something that you're experiencing - that's what makes it a primary source. You will only be able to upload one part of your assignment here. You can post the rest of the pieces as regular student work. Your teachers and I are looking forward to hearing what you have to say.

5th Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, English Language Arts, Social Studies, History
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