This lesson is designed to illustrate ways that a family history project may be incorporated into a modern world history survey. Using one family history as an example, the lesson guides students through the process of examining a primary source photograph, making valid inferences and generalizations, and conducting research. The research leads to additional primary sources and to secondary sources that assist the student in contextualizing the primary sources and constructing an historical narrative. By personalizing large historical events and trends through a family's history, students are motivated to engage in historical research at a deeper level than often occurs in a survey course.
Last Updated: October 10, 2008