Be A History Detective

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Resource:Be A History Detective
Provider:William & Mary, Univ. of KY & Library of Congress
Summary:Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, approximately). The Historical Scene Investigation (H.S.I.) website provides social studies students with the opportunity to become virtual history detectives. Students investigate prepared "case files" about historical events by examining primary source materials such as journals, diaries, artifacts, historic sites, works of art, quantitative data, and other evidence from the past.
Description:Then, students compare the multiple points of view of the people who were on the scene at the time.

Developed in partnership with the College of William & Mary School of Education, University of Kentucky School of Education, and the Library of Congress, H.S.I. is an effort to take students beyond textbook facts and give them "experiences that more closely resemble the work of a real historian."

When you get to the website you'll see a menu that offers information about the H.S.I. Project and a link to the "Investigations" that include:

Jamestown Starving Time
Bacon's Rebellion
The Boston "Massacre"
Lexington & Concord
Constitution Controversy
Antonio A Slave
Finding Aaron
Children in the Civil War
School Desegregation
Dropping the Bomb
Case of Sam Smiley
March on Frankfort
When Elvis Met Nixon

Click on any "case file" and a new page opens with a description of the historic event and a question for the student to answer through investigating documents. Click on "Student View" to read the documents and access a series of questions that guide the student in analyzing the information in order to crack the case.
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C A T E G O R I E S
Orientation:General
Subjects:History
Teaching Methods:Online Interactive
I N T E N D E D   F O R:
Ages:11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18
Grades:6,7,8,9,10,11,12
F O R   M O R E   I N F O R M A T I O N
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