What is history, and why should we study it?

Objective - The student will be able to explain the importance of studying history by giving specific examples.


 
Reasons to Study History
 

In this activity, we will be predicting why it is important to study our past - in other words, why you are not wasting your time by taking a history class for an entire school year! Check out the videos above to begin, and jot down some notes or ideas.  Then, select 1 or 2 of the resources below the first letter of your last name.  Skim/scan/read your selected source this evening.    As you read,  note the author's justification for studying history.  In bullet form, write down these justifications and examples for studying history as you can on the note sheet you received in class.  We will use this information in class on Thursday!

 NOTE - some of these resources are college-level, so skimming is just fine in this activity.

SPEND NO MORE THAN 10 MINUTES ON THIS PART OF THE ASSIGNMENT!

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Why Study History? by Peter N. Stearns

Why Study History? from Schoolhistory.co.uk

Why Study History?  from A Student's Guide to the Study of History

Why Study History?  from Dan Peel

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Why Study History? from the Radford University

Why Study History? from Seattle Pacific University

Why Study History? from Georgia Southern University

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Why Study History? - American Historical Association

Why Study History? from Hanover College

What is History & Why Study It? - Siena College

 

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Why Study History? By William H. McNeill

Why Study History from the University of Wisconsin

Why Study History? Excerpts from The Classics "Declassified"

Why Study History from Department of History, NCSU

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Why Study History? from Schoolhistory.co.uk

Why Study History? from Fraserburgh Academy

Why Study History? from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke

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Why Study History? from Mercer University

Why Study History? from Radford College

Why Study History? from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke