THE IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING HISTORY
If you or someone you know are currently involved in the profession of teaching – specifically, a history teacher – then you know just how important it is to keep all of your students busy by having them learn about various topics of historical significance. You could even go so far as to assign them a research project regarding these historical topics. But the following question begs to be asked as a result of this: how exactly does a history teacher know which historical topics should be researched by students?
TOP FIVE HISTORY RESEARCH PROJECTS
Thankfully, the answer to the aforementioned question is quite easy enough to answer. The following five topics of historical significance will serve as a wonderful starting point regarding what you should have your students research.
*September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks: Almost everyone remembers where they were on the horrifying day that the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked by terrorists armed with airplanes filled with passengers and crew. Thousands of people lost their lives this day, and the lives of millions of others remain affected by this frightening incident to this very day.
*Salem, Massachusetts witch trials: This point in history dates back to 1692, in which a group of young girls in Salem, Massachusetts claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several townswomen of witchcraft. This caused widespread mass hysteria throughout the town which resulted in the trials and executions of countless women, some of whom were, in reality, completely innocent of the charges levied against them.
*The Great Depression: Lasting from 1929 until 1939, this was one of the darkest points in recorded history that began with the crash of the United States stock market in October of 1929, which caused countless investors to lose large sums of money and throwing the entire country into a panic. This also resulted in numerous companies losing money, which led to thousands of workers being laid off, giving them virtually no means to provide for their families.
*The Industrial Revolution: This is a period of history that lasted in the 18th and 19th centuries, most notably in Europe and the United States of America, in which both regions officially became urban and industrial. This was thanks largely in part to the introduction of mass production of machinery, materials, textiles, etc. in establishments such as factories.
*The Holocaust: At some point or another in our lifetimes, chances are we have learned something about this terrible time in world history, in which six million members of the Jewish population of Europe, most notably Germany, were systematically persecuted and killed by the infamous Nazi regime. The Holocaust saw the establishment of concentration camps, where these individuals were sent to to be worked, starved, and eventually executed.
These are just a few of the many different ideas of historical topics that you, as a history teacher, can assign your students to research. You may also want to consider allowing them to choose exactly which historical event or period that they wish to research the most. In the end, the overall goal is the same – strengthening the minds of all of our young people through learning.