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Black Ants and Buddhists Chapter 8: Nurturing History Detectives by Mind Map: Black Ants and Buddhists Chapter
8: Nurturing History Detectives
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Black Ants and Buddhists Chapter 8: Nurturing History Detectives

Inquiry

Relevant connections with own lives

Diana-looking at the chart of Taino population "Cause there's me! 'Cause I'm alive!"

Creating essential questions

"Many teachers find it hard to let go of authoritatively knowing, but that is the first step, to model for my students how to ask really big and hard questions."

Content

Variety of perspectives

Witness activity

Socially constructed, history as someone's story

Personal opinions in journals

What topics will you teach and how?

Difference between Cowhey's Columbus instruction and what students will later learn

Pedagogy

Use of primary sources

Letters, journals, witness activity

Discussions

"How do you get at the truth?"

"What's your evidence?"

Role play and simulation

Alien and earthling activity

Social Justice

Thinking about definitions and meanings

Charts of vocabulary words related to unit

Importance of precise language

Power relationships

Aliens taking things from earthlings

Democracy/Citizenship

"If you do not create citizens who think critically about history and current events in the context of history, then you give tyranny a free hand. Democracy doesn't work as democracy with an ignorant and apathetic citizenry."