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ERIC Number: EJ933486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Beyond the Classroom: Finding the First Cornerstone
Garran, Daniella K.
History Teacher, v44 n2 p273-284 Feb 2011
What could two dozen middle school students, two teachers, land surveyors, journalists, divers, college professors, lawyers, archaeologists, an author, and an 85-year old retiree possibly have in common? The answer is their insatiable quest to redefine colonial American history. From geodesy to glaciology, from geology to hydrology, from navigation and cartography to oceanography, and from archaeology to pedagogy, the search for the first cornerstone has taken on a life of its own. The Cornerstone Project is an open-source history project on Cape Cod. This inquiry-based undertaking is a community partnership involving teachers, surveyors, lawyers, archaeologists, astronomers, and a host of others. For the past two years, the group has been searching for artifacts and primary documents related to the first land survey of Plymouth Colony and possibly of the New World. The project demonstrates the potential for middle school students to excel when given even the most complex inquiry-based curriculum; given the necessary tools, resources, and guidance, they have the ability to make significant contributions to their chosen fields of interest. (Contains 2 figures and 2 notes.)
Society for History Education. California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840-1601. Tel: 562-985-2573; Fax: 562-985-5431; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts