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What is History?

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Melanie Barron

on 5 September 2017

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Transcript of What is History?

Chapter One
What is History?
Before we start to learn about history, it is important for us to understand what it is and why we learn it.
History is the study of the past.
Historians are people who study history.
Does our understanding of history ever change? Explain why or why not.
Read pages 6-7
What is History?
History is like a treasure hunt.
Archaeologists work hard to track down clues to understand the past and find hidden treasures
We study history to better understand ourselves, others and our world.
Read pages 8-9
Why do we study History?
What history teaches about ourselves- Our own history gives us an identity. It helps us know about our family and our traditions. It helps us see what mistakes not to make and what to be proud of.

Our history can teach us that studying for a test can result in better grades or teaches us why you are named after your grandfather who fought in war.
What history teaches us about others- It helps you understand why other people think the way they do.

It helps us see the viewpoints of other people. It will help teach you respect and understanding of different types of people.
What history can teach us about the world- It will help you better understand where you live.
It will help you see that what happens today is shaped by what happened in the past.

"Those who forget their past are doomed to repeat it" What do you think this famous quote means?
Fossil is a part or imprint of something that was once alive (dinosaurs bones, footprints, human skulls)
An Artifact is an object created by and used by humans (pots, clothing, pyramids)
What types of clues help us learn about the past?
Primary source is an account of an event created by someone who took part in or witnessed the event
*diary, videos of Sept. 11, letters
Two types of sources used are Primary and Secondary sources
Secondary source is information gathered by someone who DID NOT take part in or witness an event.
history textbook, encyclopedias, gossip
In Chapter one, the author tells
about studying history helps us understand what different people value. Clues to the past are found in fossils, artifacts people left behind, eye-witness accounts and information gathered through research.
Read pages 10-11
Come up with a list of your own examples of primary and secondary sources. Now share with your partner.

Is the work of a historian or archaeologist primary or secondary source? Why?
on a blank page in your Ch. 1.1 section of your ISN
examples of clues
When making a Concept Map the main theme or concept is the center bubble of the concept map. Branching off the center bubble are related concepts or topics.
1. Use at least 4 different colors and 4 different shapes on the concept map.
2. Each color must represent a different thread of ideas or concepts. If a bubble is related to more then one thread of concepts, use all the colors to show this.
3. Each shape of bubble must represent a different thread of ideas or concepts.
4. Include a key identifying what each shape and color represents
5. An explanation must be written next to the line connecting each set of bubbles.
6. The explanation must explain how or why the set of bubbles are related.
Concept Map
EQ: Why do scholars study the people, events and ideas of long ago?
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