- African American History
- America at War
- Civics & Government
- Civil Rights
- Community & Family
- First Freedoms
- Founding Documents
- Human Enslavement
- Native Peoples
- Symbols & Traditions
- Women in History
- Common Core Literacy Standards
- Massachusetts Curriculum Framework 2018
- C3 Inquiry Arc
Learning ObjectivesThe student will be able to:
- solve historical mysteries by analyzing primary sources,
- asking questions,
- identifying evidence and developing claims.
- Select a mystery based on grade level and/or band, where you will be given all materials needed to teach a mystery.
- Materials are in Google format so they can be adapted.
- Available materials include narrated and static slide shows, handouts for students, embedded lesson plans, resources for teachers, and MA curriculum standard links.
- Watch the narrated slide show first in order to acquaint yourself with the development of the mystery, then select materials that best fit your classroom and adapt as necessary by making a copy of the Google slideshow or handouts.
- Begin with a grade-band "Introduction to Inquiry" mystery, then teach the mysteries in each unit in order, as skills develop throughout the unit.
- Students act as history detectives to solve a mystery by exploring primary and secondary sources with the History's Mysteries Team.
- Student experience will vary depending on the teacher’s choice in using the materials.
- Students mark-up and close read primary sources using virtual or printed materials.
- All mysteries include a mystery question, vocabulary, primary sources from the Library of Congress, inquiry activities, and an exit ticket to show student learning.
- Inquiry-based activities allow all students entry points to engage in higher-order thinking.
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