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  • Modern Archaeology: The 6th Grade Explores Perspective

    Posted September 26, 2014


    Before we can journey back to the earliest days of humankind and the development of societies, 6th Grade students learn to analyze points of view and bias as modern historians with a simulated archaeological dig. The class is divided into four groups for this exercise and each is provided with a collection of 8-10 random artifacts that belong to a mystery person. Students are first asked to individually deduce the basic demographics of the mystery person from these belongings, such as their age, career, family dynamic, and everyday lifestyle, and record their interpretations. They tend to hastily decide who the owner must be, but eventually see the deeper layers of the story that each artifact can tell. They also understand how much more complex recording history becomes as more artifacts are considered for the puzzle...

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