Purpose: To define history and why we study it. To explore the many forms that create history including textbooks, primary and secondary source documents, oral stories, art, music, poetry, TV shows, movies and many others. To have students create and share their own personal histories and analyze what information they included and what information they left out.

Objectives: At the end of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Explain the difference between primary and secondary source documents.
    2. Identify at least 5 different types of sources that can be used to create history.
    3. Analyze textbooks including Experiencing Modern World History for biases.
    4. Create their own personal history and give 3-5 minute presentation to the class.

Skills: At the end of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Analyze primary and secondary source documents
    2. Locate multiple resources in the library including books, magazine and newspaper articles, and encyclopedias.


1) Defining and Personalizing History Notebook (25 points) including all warm-ups, reading assignments, writing assignments, notes, and in-class activities.

2) Personal History/ Presentation (40 points) See attached rubric for details.

3) Class Participation Points / Stars (Available Daily)