Woman’s Holy War

I really enjoyed working with both google forms here and combining it with the concept of historical thinking in this case. This gives students a more individualized and engaging way for them to practice historically analyzing and depicting an image or document.

I like this assignment most for providing a way of engaging with historical thinking more than anything else. Growing up in history classes, especially as I got into middle school, high school, and college, for the first time I began to get an understanding of how history was more than just memorizing facts and dates. I began to realize that history was more like being a detective and coding information, whether it be source, context, or any of the other five, to be able to reconstruct the story in ways that are more accessible to others. This can only be truly done if we teach students and take time to analyze documents using these historical thinking strategies. Also, in my personal experience, it is such a cool experience to be able to know an historical happening for more than just the bare bones of what it is. I always enjoyed being able to understand where something fit in context, what came before that led to it, and the effects that happen after. I would even go to say that for some, it may be more engaging and rewarding to be able to think historically to map out the whole picture rather than focusing and then forgetting certain individual pieces of the puzzle.

One Reply to “Woman’s Holy War”

  1. What a great poster. I’ve never seen that one. It really captures the era when women were fighting multiple battles – temperance, suffrage and legal rights. And the reference to the Crusades adds to the drama. You do a good job of showcasing the artifact and guiding students explore it more deeply. Nice looking post – like the purple repeated on featured image and form.

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