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Government, Politics & Civics

History

Social and Emotional Health

Do you want your students to ask a person from the past what it was like? Now they can research history and a deeper, immersive level.

avatar Submitted By: Lynne Telfer

August 23, 2018

Skills

  • Citizenship
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Learning Objectives

  • Investigate key aspects of a specific era noting key people and events
  • Identify and analyse the perspectives of people from the past.

Guiding Ideas

  • Have you ever made a timeline? How do you select what information is to be placed on your timeline?
  • Do you record just events? or do you include information about people?
  • Have you read diaries from the past?
  • Have you had a true understanding of the experience they had?
  • How would you feel if you could actually talk to them in the place they had the experience?
  • What if you could go into their virtual world and set up characters representing them? in a timeline?
  • How would they tell their story? How could they communicate how they feel?
  • What personal qualities do they display?
  • How could we get a deeper understanding of their real experience of the event they where part of?

Student Activities

Welcome to Real History!

You and your class are about to explore a time in history where real people experienced real life changing events that have influenced how we life. Now you may have been asked to research events in the past, even to make a poster showing all the events for that time - but this is different!

Now we will focus not only on the events, but the people as well. You are going to make a 3D Virtual timeline with characters representing real people. These people will answer questions about themselves and the events they are experiencing. How? Easy! You will program them.

Your teacher will have the world set up for your class as a shared world. As you log onto the Timeline World, you will make a long line  to represent the timeline. My class made little stages on each side for the characters to stand on. You can use Slates to show the time.

Now you are ready to research an event at a deep level.

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Remembering the People of the Past

1. Choose a Person

Your teacher will guide you to choose a significant person in the past. This person may appear several times on the timeline, but you need to concentrate on a specific event at a specific time.

2. Research, Research, Research!

Find anything you can about the person, the event they where involved in and how they felt about it. Try and find diaries or any quotes that give us an insight into their lives at that time. Read their stories. Get to know them!

3. Make an NPC (Non-player Character) to Represent that Person.

3.1 Determine the date of the event and place your NPC on the correct spot on the timeline. My class made little stages for them. It is up to you how you want to present them.

3.2 Make an NPC with the name of that person.

3.3 Using the /say command and buttons, make the NPC answer the follow three questions:

- Who are You?

- What is happening?

-How do you feel about it?

Put a URL linking to a relevant website with a button called More...

3. Add more information

Make posters for others to read around the event. We added them behind the person.

5. Get to know the People on the Timeline

Once you and your class have completed the NPCs, your timeline is now populated with friends and foes from the past that want to get to know you and are ready to be interviewed! Take time to read the stories of all the NPCs and get a feel what it was like during that time.

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Extra Awesomeness

Pretend you are a reporter. Make a news article about the people you interview there. Take photos and use your article to encourage your readers that the people are inspirational/destructive to society.

 

Performance Expectations

I will be able to:

 

  • Create NPCs that communicate the  experience of events in a specific era.
  • Read and report other points of view bout how people experienced the events.

Skills

  • Citizenship
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

External References