Historical Scene Investigations

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What are some of the people, places, and important events in Connecticut history? How did they influence Connecticut and/or American history?

The Case

Connecticut has a rich history that helped to shape our nation. Your job is to investigate an important person, a significant place, or a monumental event that took place in Connecticut’s history and explain how that has shaped our state or nation.

Becoming a Detective:

Task #1: Important People in Connecticut

Your task is to explore significant people who have shaped Connecticut history.  I have provided you with resources that will help guide your exploration.  You will have approximately 45 minutes to learn more about five people who have significantly influenced Connecticut history.  As you search through the materials you will complete Graphic Organizer # 1, titled: Important People in Connecticut History.  Once you have completed the graphic organizer, you will share your findings in a small group.  

Exit slip: Finally, you will use a post-it note to answer the following question. What is the most important/interesting thing you learned today and why? Discuss with students.
(Investigate the Evidence: Interactive Timeline)

Task #2: Significant Sites in Connecticut

Your task is to explore significant sites in Connecticut’s history.  I have provided you with resources that will help guide your exploration.  You will have approximately 45 minutes to learn more about five sites that have significantly influenced Connecticut history.  As you search through the materials you will complete Graphic Organizer # 2, titled: Important Sites in Connecticut History.  Once you have completed the graphic organizer, you will share your findings in a small group.  

Exit slip: Finally, you will use a post-it note to answer the following question. What is the most important/interesting thing you learned today and why? Discuss with students.
(Investigate the Evidence: Interactive Timeline)

Task #3: Monumental Events in Connecticut History

Your task is to explore monumental events in Connecticut’s history.  I have provided you with resources that will help guide your exploration.  You will have approximately 45 minutes to learn more about five significant events in Connecticut history.  As you search through the materials you will complete Graphic Organizer # 3, titled: Important Events in Connecticut History.  Once you have completed the graphic organizer, you will share your findings in a small group. 

Exit slip: Finally, you will use a post-it note to answer the following question. What is the most important/interesting thing you learned today and why? Discuss with students.
(Investigate the Evidence: Interactive Timeline)

Investigating the Evidence:

Using your graphic organizer and the findings from your small group, add significant people, places and events from Connecticut’s history to the classroom timeline. Events will be backed on blue paper. People will be backed on red paper. Places will be backed on green paper. This will help us organize and understand Connecticut’s history and its impact on our nation. See timeline example taken from Stories of Wethersfield by Nora Howard.

Searching for Clues:

Now that we have identified the significant events, people and sites that have shaped Connecticut’s history, it is your job to become an expert! Select one person, site or event that interests you. You will research this person, place or event using websites, primary sources, and books. As you research, you will take notes (Teacher led note taking lesson using the attached note taking graphic organizer). Next, it is your job as the expert to determine the most significant facts about your topic. Use evidence from the texts (websites, books and primary sources) to support all of your thinking.

Cracking the Case:

As an expert you need to present your topic to the class. You may choose the type of final project that you wish to complete. There are many options. Each project must include a visual and written component.

Visual Component Options:
Powerpoint
Poster
Prezzi
Glogster
Digital Story
Story Jumper*
Blog*

*Combines visual and written components

Written Component Options:
The written part of this project must include at least three sources.

  • Narrative
    • Write a journal entry  (Through the eyes of …)
    • Write a letter from the perspective of a significant person at an important event in Connecticut
    • Put yourself at the scene of a particular event and write an eyewitness account
  • Opinion (3 reasons with supporting details)
    • Write a letter to the governor about why your topic is so significant.
    • Prepare a speech to persuade your classmates about why your topic is key in Connecticut’s history.
  • Informational
    • Write a newspaper article summarizing why this event is significant to history.
    • Write the script to a newscast outlining your topic Story Jumper (Create your own nonfiction text)

To Learn More:  

Sources for Students / Teachers:

For a comprehensive list of student and teacher resources see the attached resource list.

Critical Thinking Question(s):

  • Consider the impact of your topic on American history.
  • How has your topic affected your life today?
  • How is your topic related to the topics your classmates investigated?
  • Compare and contrast your topic with a person, sites or event from present day.

The Evidence:

Source Master List
Master List

Source #1: Important People from Connecticut Resource List
Important people from Connecticut

Source #2: Historical Sites in Connecticut Resource List
Historical Sites in Connecticut

Source #3: Significant Events in Connecticut Resource List
Significant Events in Connecticut

The Case File: 

Handout #1: Important People in Connecticut History

Handout #2: Important Sites in Connecticut History

Handout #3: Important Events in Connecticut History
Graphic Organizers

Handout #4: Note taking Organizer
Organizer

Handout #5: Timeline Example
Timeline

Handout #6: Narrative Rubric
Rubric

Handout #7: Opinion Rubric
Rubric

Handout #8: Informational Rubric
Rubric

Handout #9: Research Rubric
Rubric

 

 

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