Based on our conversations in class today, your prior experience, and the “Guideposts to Historical Thinking” handout, which historical thinking question do you believe is the most important to consider for a vibrant and challenging Social Studies experience this year? Why?
The question that I’ve chosen to accompany my exploration of the Socials 9 curriculum is “How can we better understand the people of the past?” I have chosen this question because I am very interested in different worldviews and I would like to push myself to be more empathetic and strive to “avoid presentism”. However, if I am to accomplish this, I need to think critically about this idea (presentism) to fully understand it and avoid merely accepting it. I wish to also improve on my empathy so I can turn my gaze to the modern world and apply what I’ve learned to help myself understand others.