The Beekman School - DBQs en People are Fundamentally the Same <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_1"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href=";title=People%20are%20Fundamentally%20the%20Same"></a> </span> <script type="text/javascript"> <!--//--><![CDATA[//><!-- if(window.da2a)da2a.script_load(); //--><!]]> </script><div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Authored By:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Gabriella Skwara, History Teacher</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource=""><a href="" title="People are Fundamentally the Same" class="colorbox" rel=""><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="" width="125" height="175" alt="" title="" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Why should we study history? There are many potential answers to this question, but one of the most crucial is the way in which history helps us to better understand ourselves by illustrating just how universal our experiences and behaviors are. My favorite way of bringing this fact home is through having students look at primary source documents, and allowing them to figure out for themselves what the documents are telling us.</p> <p>Document Based Questions (DBQs) are a core element of history classes and tests, and can frequently prove challenging. However, sometimes the meanings are clearly comprehensible at first glance. In Early World History, students get the experience of reading some of the earliest letters available, those from ancient Sumer and Mesopotamia (written around 2000 BCE).  We anticipate that these texts will be incomprehensible from a modern perspective, until we begin reading and students immediately recognize themselves.  A father admonishes his son about being a better student: “Why do you idle about? Go to your schoolbag, write your tablet.” We clearly haven’t learned much in all these millennia. There is rarely a single class where I don’t have to tell a student that their homework (or iPad/ tablet!) should be out and ready to go when the bell rings.</p> <p>Students are reminded of texts sent to their moms, when an ancient teenager complains to his mother about not getting him the new clothes that all the other kids are wearing. “The son of Adad-iddinam...(has) two new sets of clothes....his mother loves him, while you, you do not love me!” For better or for worse, teenagers and their parents haven’t changed much in 4,000 years. Perhaps even ancient history can, in fact, be relevant.</p> <p> </p> <p>Sources:</p> <p>Louis Cohn-Haft, <em>Source Readings in Ancient History</em>, Vol. 1 (New York: T.Y. Crowell, 1965), 96-97.</p> <p>Leo Oppenheim, trans., <em>Letters from Mesopotamia</em>, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1967), 84-85.</p> <p> </p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/gabriella-skwara" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Gabriella Skwara</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/history" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">history</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/ancient-history" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">ancient history</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/dbqs" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">DBQs</a></div></div></div> Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:53:18 +0000 gabriellas 44245 at