Uncovering the History of a CommunityDavid McMullen Cindy AlcarazSherrie Pardieck Mary Ann Hanlin Dean Cantú Chris HerridgeBradley University Katie Janovetz Elmwood School District
Why Study a Community? enhances performance in interdisciplinary learning, team participation, and presentation skills. involves students with their families, neighborhoods, and the community around them, and increases civic awareness. builds self-esteem and pride in self, community, and cultural heritage.
Why Study a Community? providesan opportunity for students to contribute to their community in meaningful ways. fostersawareness and tolerance of cultural diversity. encourages the interpretation, synthesis, and evaluation of various kinds of cultural information.
Why Study a Community? developstechnological expertise and skills with documentary equipment. promotes school-community partnerships. offers learning opportunities that value each students life and experiences.
Conducting aCommunity History Project Study other community history projects Gather information Design the project Collect documentation Complete the product
Conducting aCommunity HistoryProject:Study other projects American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers Project, 1936-1940 Explore Your Community: A Community Heritage Poster for the Classroom Learning About Immigration Through Oral History Local Legacies Oral History and Social History Locate research guides Locate primary sources
Conducting aCommunity HistoryProject:Design the Project Discuss the types of local landmarks, traditions and customs that could be project subjects Create a concept map with the community at the center to help decide which topics to include in the final product Divide work assignments
Conducting aCommunity HistoryProject:Collect Documentation Investigate, collect and document (full references) primary sources (photos, documents, newspapers, books, maps, etc.) Capture the community with photographs and video Conduct interviews with area residents
Conducting aCommunity HistoryProject:Complete the Product Digitize all primary sources Write a script that tells a story Assemble the final product as a multimedia presentation with narration, titles, etc. Create movie posters advertising the documentary