OUR HISTORICAL MOMENT INQUIRY

Examining Historical Setting

DAY 1 ACTIVITY

15-20 Minutes

  • Look at images for details about their historical setting

  • Identify your own setting

THIS WEEK

We’re thinking about

the question: 

"How can I capture where I am in time and place?"

Your challenge this week is to create a “Here and Now Snapshot” to represent your setting in words and images.

Let's Get Started!

Have you ever thought about what someone 20, 30, or even 100 years from now will think about life today for kids your age? 

Guess what… someday, a long time from now, someone might look at the things you’ve created to wonder about you.

Let’s think like historians by looking at historical setting.

historical setting:

 

describes where and when something took place

 What can we learn about life in the past by looking at the historical setting of each picture below?

What can we guess about this picture’s historical setting (where and when the picture took place)? Look for details that provide evidence about where and when the photo was taken.

  • Who: Who is in this picture? What do you notice about what they are wearing? What do you think their relationship to one another is?

  • What: What objects do you see? What activities do you see? 

  • Where: What do you see in the background? Where do you think they're located?

  • When: What time of day do you think this is? What time of year could it be? Is this in the past or present?

What can we guess about this picture’s historical setting (where and when the picture took place)? Look for details that provide evidence about where and when the photo was taken.

  • Who: Who is in this picture? What do you notice about what they are wearing? What do you think their relationship to one another is?

  • What: What objects do you see? What activities do you see? 

  • Where: What do you see in the background? Where do you think they're located?

  • When: What time of day do you think this is? What time of year could it be? Is this in the past or present?

What can we guess about this picture’s historical setting (where and when the picture took place)? Look for details that provide evidence about where and when the photo was taken.

  • Who: Who is in this picture? What do you notice about what they are wearing? What do you think their relationship to one another is?

  • What: What objects do you see? What activities do you see? 

  • Where: What do you see in the background? Where do you think they're located?

  • When: What time of day do you think this is? What time of year could it be? Is this in the past or present?

Your challenge this week: Create a “Here and Now Snapshot” to represent your historical setting at this time.

Today, you will complete the first step of the challenge! 

Record the who, what, where, and when of your historical setting on paper (or use the “My Setting” handout if you like). 

 

You don’t have to write about this exact moment – you can think back to a moment from your day that really captures your life right now.

WHO is with you?

Who is not with you?

WHAT is going on?

What is not going on?

WHERE are you?

Where are you not?

WHEN is it?

Ready for Day 2?

On day 2, you will look at an historical image for details about its setting and create an image that represents your setting.