Initial Ideas for Project

Historical mindedness.

  • Moral significance of historical events.
  • What is the story of American History?
  • Who are Americans?
  • What have we accomplished?
  • How do we judge what we have done?
  • Are things getting better or worse?

“By hitching our own stories to the stories of those who went before us, the past becomes a useful resource in our everyday lives, an endless storehouse of raw materials to be shaped for our present needs” (Wineburg 490).

Why are they difficult questions or issues for students and others to make sense of? What makes it difficult and why?

  • How to have students establish kinship with people we study to engage their interest and develop a connection?

Project ideas:

  1. Use Pilot’s Log to teach WWII history, U.S. involvement in the war, pilots contribution, local history…

Wineburg, Sam “Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts” The Phi Delta Kappan, Vol. 80, No. 7 (Mar., 1999), pp. 488-499

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