ERIC Number: ED209164
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Family History: Coming Face-to-Face with the Past. How To Do It Series, Series 2, No. 15.
Thavenet, Dennis J.
This booklet contains tips to help elementary and secondary teachers teach family history in the classroom. It is suggested that teachers might begin by providing their students with a checklist identifying the kinds of evidence usually available in a home, such as photographs, certificates, yearbooks, diplomas, membership cards, newspaper clippings, obituaries, and heirlooms, and then asking them to reconstruct as much of a family biography as they can from these materials. To gather facts students should interview family members and investigate the records of city and country agencies. Once students have collected the evidence and facts, they need to explain developments in their family, to analyze causes and effects of what happened, to generalize about patterns that they find, and to illustrate generalizations. To make this transformation from facts to history, students must choose a theme, for example, the American dream. And, finally students must write up their research. The booklet then goes on to discuss how family history could be taught as a particular course in the curriculum, as part of American or world history courses, and in multidisciplinary social studies classes. Examples of teaching methods are provided, such as conducting generational studies, tracing a family's migration, preparing family history albums, preparing family time capsules, and tracing a family tree. The booklet concludes with discussions and lists of sources, resources, and references. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Interviews, Oral History, Primary Sources, Resource Materials, Social Studies, Student Research, Teaching Methods, United States History, World History
National Council for the Social Studies, 3615 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20016 ($1.50, quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.