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Pathfinders: Guided Research Projects  

Pathfinders are guided lessons and research (similar to LibGuides).
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  • Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian (A Reader's Presearch)
    Literature conveys the depth of human experience, reflecting diverse cultures and common heritage. When authors like Sherman Alexie write they use their own experiences to bring light to issues in our society. Doing a reader's pre-search will help you tackle unfamiliar vocabulary in context, understand issues faced by the characters, and offer more meaningful insights during classroom discussion.
  • Biographical Perspectives: Practicing Historical Analysis
    Historical scholars consider all types of resources (primary, contemporary secondary, and existing historical analysis) in developing their own theories about the impact of an historical figure on the events that occurred around and after them. Students examine autobiographical documents, contemporary criticism, and secondary biographies before developing their own opinions about some famous biographical figures.
  • Cold War America: Mastering Research through Historical Thinking
    Historical thinking is best demonstrated through the research process. Using primary sources and other evidence to explore and write about historical events exercises your critical thinking skills while preparing you to approach other fields of study with a greater awareness of the development of current understandings and technologies.
  • Cultural Lens: Practicing History Through Analysis
    Primary, secondary, and tertiary resources are used by historians to develop sound theory about the causes and effects of events. Students examine a variety of documents from multiple points-of-view before developing responsive essays to controversial historical episodes.
  • Digital Footprints: Recognizing Where You've Been, Choosing Where You'll Go
    Our digital lives leave traces that can often be easy to find and difficult to erase. Do you know what type of "digital footprint" you've left? More importantly, what are you doing to keep control of your own privacy?
  • Fringe Thinking
    In today's society, information seeking and finding are part of our daily lives. But can you take the process beyond information access to synthesis...the process by which we form more complex ideas from the elements of simpler, related ideas? Can you think on the fringe?
  • Making Connections: Historical Thinking for Today
    Through document analysis, secondary research, and classroom presentation, students develop the essential skills necessary to transfer their knowledge about history into the context of today.
  • Retrospective: Simulated Ethnography
    Enthnography is a research method that aims to understand social perspectives of culture. In the field, anthropologists record human culture through first hand observation and cultural participation. Historians, unable to make these direct observations, engage in field simulations that recreate daily living experienced by the cultures they are studying. The role-playing activities that the student of history participates in encourage him to inquire, discover, an connect to past peoples.

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