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What Is History? An Introduction to 8th Grade Social Studies

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kevin gemignani

on 4 September 2015

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Transcript of What Is History? An Introduction to 8th Grade Social Studies

What is History ?
An Introduction to 8th Grade Social Studies
Do you wonder…
What’s the point
of studying history?
Who cares
what happened
long ago?
Aren’t all the people in history books dead anyway?
History is full of stories
Real Heroes
Real Villains
Real-life Adventures
History is a mystery.
Historians are the detectives of the past.
They gather together pieces of information
and connect them to see the big picture.
By studying history, we can learn from the mistakes people made in the past
In hopes that we don't repeat those same mistakes.
History is especially important for Americans.
We have many different backgrounds.
We practice many religions.
We look very different.
However, we all share the same history!
Here is what some famous people said about history….
John F. Kennedy - 35th U.S. President
"History, after all, is the memory of a nation."
Henry Ford -founder of Ford Motor Co.
"The farther you look back,
the farther you can see ahead."
Cicero - Ancient Roman Historian
"The first law of the historian is that
he shall never utter an untruth."
Marcus Garvey - Universal
Negro Improvement Assoc.
"A man without history
is like a tree without roots."
Mark Twain - American Author
"History never repeats itself;
at best, it sometimes rhymes."
G.W.F. Hegel - 19th Century German Philosopher
"...people and governments never
have learned anything from history..."
What do you think?
Homework Assignment #1
"What Is History? A Personal Definition"
one paragraph minimum; proper paragraph structure
a personal definition IN YOUR OWN WORDS!!!!!
PROVIDE EVIDENCE - include concrete examples to support your personal definition
FINAL DRAFT QUALITY - "typed"/written in ink
DUE: Friday, September 4, 2015
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