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ERIC Number: EJ864075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Remnants from the Past: Using Scrapbooks to Make U.S. History Personal and Meaningful
DeRose, John J.
Social Education, v73 n5 p240-243 Sep 2009
Whitefish Bay High School recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, and the author wanted his students to remember this event for many years. As a U.S. history teacher, he also wanted to find a way for them to understand that their high school's history has coincided with national events and trends over the past seven decades. He decided to use a scrapbook format in which students could document the history of their high school. To cover a wide range of events and facets of their school's history, the students researched major events, academics, athletics, arts/clubs/entertainment, and fashion and created one scrapbook page on each topic for every decade the high school has been in existence. To help them make connections between the school's history and their nation's past, the author asked students to research major national figures and events pertaining to these same five topics during the same decades and create another page covering every topic and decade. The main resources students used to research their high school's history were yearbooks and old school newspapers. As their scrapbook was unveiled at a community event to commemorate the school's anniversary, a number of administrators, alumni, colleagues, and community members showed deep interest and amazement in the students' work. This was truly a project that students will remember for years to come and one that allowed them to see their local and national history through a different lens. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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