An introduction to history, including how historians work, maps, primary and secondary sources, economics, and American democracy
Foundations of History unit contains 6 learning experiences.
Learning Experiences (Lessons) in Foundations of History Each learning experience takes about 45 minutes to teach in the device-enabled classroom.
The geography of Medieval Europe, life in Medieval Europe, the role of the Church and Crusades, the late Middle Ages
Working Like a Historian
Students watch a video explaining what history is and how historians work. Next, they learn about historians‚Äô ways of using time, such as timelines and chronological periods. Then, they compare and contrast history and other social sciences and study examples of historical thinking, particularly cause and effect. Finally, they examine the relationship between history and culture.
Interpreting Primary and Secondary Sources
Students learn to distinguish between primary and secondary sources. Then they learn how to evaluate and interpret primary sources. Finally, students conduct brief case studies by locating and evaluating primary and secondary sources for assigned historical topics.
The Basics of Economics
Students learn about the growth of economies through prehistory and history. Next, they learn the major types of economies, particularly traditional and command. Then, they learn about goods and services and the related concepts of scarcity, supply, and demand. Next, they investigate the factors that produce economic growth, including the four factors of production: land, labor, capital, and entrepreneurship. Finally, they delve into the concept of opportunity cost.
Foundations for American Democracy
Students explore the historical origins of democracy in ancient Greece and Rome. They consider the influence of democracy in the United States and France. Then they describe limited governments and explain the reasons for limiting governmental control. Finally, based on a Churchill quote, they explain whether democracy is the best form of government.
The Role of Citizenship in the United States
Students examine the differences between rights, responsibilities, and duties with regard to U.S. citizenship. They learn about the role of citizens in participating in government. Then they explain the process of choosing a candidate before voting. They conclude by brainstorming things that citizens can do to take responsibility in their communities.