History + Mystery = Inquiring Young Historians

This article is heavily inquiry based, it allows students to follow a mystery and become discoverers of their own learning. Though this is a Social Studies lesson it follows a very scientific process. Students develop a hypothesis and become explorers of those answers, rather than mindlessly recalling facts or simply looking for answers students are actively participating with the content. Student’s enjoy the engaging aspect of becoming discovers. The mystery question not only interest students but on the way students are obtaining information that they may have skipped over in a traditional lesson. Rather than obtaining information to find answers, students gather knowledge to deepen their understanding of the historic content. Students must learn to navigate across a plethora of information and find what is necessary for them. This type of inquiry based learning allows students to familiarize themselves with the complexity and historical narrative.



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