This lesson is designed to illustrate ways that family history research using visual primary sources may be incorporated into a world history survey course. The lesson demonstrates ways to work with primary source materials and link them to large themes in world history.
1. To demonstrate to world history survey students the personal link between individual lives and larger historical events and trends, particularly in modern world history.
2. To demonstrate the technique of photoanalysis using primary source photographs.
3. To enhance the student's ability to distinguish between observation and inference.
4. To model the process of historical research.
Students may do a project based on their own family's history, but may use another family's history with equal success. What is important is the process of researching a family's history and constructing a narrative linking the family's history to larger events and trends.
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