“History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” -Winston Churchill
On Tuesday, our 7th grade students indeed “wrote” history as they curated the History of Us Museum! Applying the maps, artifacts, research and interview skills they have been developing in their history class this year, students created multimedia exhibits that documented an aspect of their personal and family history. Parents and guests were invited to view student curated exhibits consisting of a physical artifact accompanied by a digital component, including text, photos and video interviews, that could be viewed on guests’ smartphones via a QR code. In order to introduce guests to the format of this Museum, students created a welcome video with instructions for how to view the exhibits:
Guests then visited stations, where students explained the focus of their project and assisted guests in viewing the digitally curated components. Our 7th grade historians shared details about their research process and the choices they made in determining the focus of their exhibits.
It was a treat to explore a facet of our students’ identities while witnessing their analytical, research and digital literacy skills applied to the creation of this moving and personal exhibit. We are proud of our students’ work, and we invite parents to continue these conversations with their children as they grow in understanding of history, and their own unique cultural and family heritage!