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A Modern American Family: Creating a Historical Record in the Middle-School Social Studies Classroom, by Tara L. Ehler


Guide Entry to 13.02.04:

This unit will ask 8t h-grade students to write the story of an American family through "primary" documents. That is, to create newspaper articles, journal entries, photographs, drawings and letters in order to tell the story of a modern family in New York. This collection will have to touch upon three themes of American history: conflict, class, and migration. For each of their five artifacts, students will have to write a "secondary" document that explains the context of the item.

(Recommended for U.S. History, grades 8-12)

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