After acquiring basic skills in geography, students will
explore how geography has helped to shape history and how to evaluate
historical evidence. Their first project will focus on using primary-source
evidence, in this case artifacts, to learn about the Anasazi Indians of the
American southwest. The class will then examine United States history from
Jamestown through the Civil War. We will continue to develop research and study
skills, learn how to read texts actively, and begin to think critically about
historical events. There will be many opportunities for group work and
collaborative projects with an emphasis on teamwork and presentation skills.
The students will do an extensive study of the town of Concord in the 18th
Century this fall, using both primary and secondary sources, as well as a study
of 19th Century history in the United States in the spring that
focuses on secondary sources and online research.