Students will present their projects to the class. As a culminating activity, the students will complete an individual project where they can either:
1. Create their own time capsules with chosen artifacts that represent them and their place in history.
2. They can imagine that an archeologist discovers their bedroom 100 or even 1000 years in the future exactly as it were today. What would the archeologists' analysis look like? What would it say about them and the culture of the time? Students will include a writing piece explaining the different choices and their importance.
3. It is my intention that at the conclusion of this unit, the students will have grown in historical thinking. The students will have a new-found interest in how everyday objects serve as windows to examining their lives, their culture, and connectedness to history. Artifacts provide a fascinating story of people and lives. Teaching history through artifacts provides opportunities for students to be engaged in critical and creative thinking. In addition, I want the students to be able to transfer this knowledge and ability to think critically in everyday life. Ultimately I hope that the students will become better decision makers through thoughtful questioning. That they do not have to always accept the norm or conventional ways; that questioning and looking at different perspectives will help them with the challenges that they may face in life.