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Students as Historians: Investigating the Gulf War

Francis Sicius
St. Thomas University (Colleges and Universities - Florida)


In this unit, students use facts and opinions, as well as primary and secondary sources. They explore the detective work of historians as they investigate the Gulf War from different perspectives and interpretations. Students use a variety of media for research and become acquainted with technology as a tool for enhancing and enriching the academic classroom.


--How do facts and opinions, as well as primary and secondary sources, influence the remembering (interpretation) of an event?
--What makes a source primary or secondary?
--What's the difference between fact and opinion?


The planned duration of this activity is 9 days.

Associated Files

Unit Plan Overview (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Diagnostic Assessment with Key (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Notebook Help Pages: Quotes and Sources (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Summative Part I: Notebooks and PowerPoint Checklist (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Summative Parts II, III, IV, and Key (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Web Links

This is an online, interactive Student Web Lesson. Using it is not included in the daily plans, however, it is an excellent review or individual skill builder for students to use concerning primary and secondary sources. It can be presented in a computer lab, via a presentation system, or in centers. Students can also view this interactive lesson at home if you will give them the URL.
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