Main Features of History and Archaeology PowerPoint

Main Features of History and Archaeology

The Investigating the Ancient Past Introduction Lesson is an essential resource for history teachers looking to help students understand the main features of history and archaeology. This lesson plan is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the role of historians and archaeologists in investigating the past and describing and explaining the different approaches to historical investigation taken by these two groups of professionals.

The lesson begins by introducing the students to the key concepts of history and archaeology, including the difference between primary and secondary sources and how preserved artefacts can be used to understand the past. This is followed by two short films that provide students with a visual understanding of the different approaches taken by historians and archaeologists in their investigations.

One of the key activities included in this lesson plan is the critical thinking and discussion questions. These activities will help students understand the historical investigation process and examine a historical controversy or mystery. They will also encourage students to consider different perspectives and to use their own research to form their own conclusions.

Another important activity included in this lesson plan is the creation of a poster. Students will be asked to create a poster illustrating the main features of history and archaeology and the different approaches taken by historians and archaeologists. This will help students to understand the key concepts and to apply their understanding creatively and visually.

The Investigating the Ancient Past Introduction Lesson encourages critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students will be challenged to consider different perspectives and use their own research to form conclusions about the past. This helps develop important 21st-century skills and prepares students for future academic and professional careers.

The Investigating the Ancient Past Introduction Lesson is an excellent resource for history teachers looking to help students understand the main features of history and archaeology. This lesson plan provides a comprehensive understanding of the role of historians and archaeologists in investigating the past. It describes and explains these two professional groups’ different approaches to the historical investigation. Including the “Primary and Secondary Sources” and “Preserved Artefacts” worksheets, students can list various sources used by archaeologists and historians in historical investigations and understand the process of historical investigation to examine a historical controversy or mystery.

Australian NSW Curriculum:

  • Outline the main features of history and archaeology.
  • Outline the role of historians and archaeologists
  • Describe and explain the different approaches to historical investigation taken by archaeologists and historians.

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Resource Information

Description:Student activities include 2 short films, critical thinking, discussions questions, and the creation of a poster.
Estimated lessons:3-4.
Ages11-14 years.
Format PowerPoint.

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