To Begin – Mapping the Official Story

- The first class of a new unit should involve students “mapping out” the period. Have them go through the textbook and list all the events, people, and themes the textbook highlights as important; group together themes; organize in a hierarchical concept map or the easier, “note-making and note-taking” mind map.


- The map can be done communally on the board or in small groups, or even individually (although collaboration is important for

this activity).

- The map can be done using 2-3 different textbooks or general history websites to highlight similarities and differences in the

“official” story.

Introduce Historic Space