What is the Historian Notebook?
The Historian Notebook is a small district composition-sized notebook that contains notes on things historians research. It is a how-to book for this history class.
The first section is dedicated to geography. Where are you right now? Can you accurately describe our location? Can you read a map? Do you know what elements good maps share (what are the parts of a map)?
Thinking, Reading, Writing, Speaking...Like a Historian
The goal of history class is to help us look at the past through a different lens. We should seek to think, read, write, and speak like historians.
When we look at a simple thing like the houses in our neighborhood, does your mind ever wander? Do you ever wonder why our houses look the way they do? I am from Maine. Houses in Maine look different than houses in Southern California. Why? Houses in Maine are built for cold weather; roofs are sloped so snow can fall off and most homes are made of wood because trees are plentiful. In California, many homes have tiled roofs and decorative tile. Some windows are arched. Many California homes can be called "Spanish style." Did you know that "Spanish style" is influenced by Islamic architecture because Spain was under Muslim control from the 700s to the 1500s (right before Spain began exploring and settling the New World)? All that beautiful tile originally comes from Muslim designs! Wow!
We need to look at our world and wonder why things are the way they are. Our past can tell us a lot about our present and even the future. There are thousands of years of history to study, from all areas of the world. Our job is to look at this information and try to make sense of it. By thinking, reading, writing, and speaking like historians, we can begin to understand the amazing world around us.
On page 4 of your notebook, glue the information page called Thinking, Reading, Writing & Speaking Like a Historian. Page 4 is a Left-Facing Page. On page 5, the Right-Facing Page, "process" this information by drawing and coloring three pictures of thing that historians do.