"Creating Clarification: Using Document Walks to Collectively Navigate the Historical Process"


Abstract:

A Document Walk is a student-driven activity that prompts students to act as historians by generating their own historical narratives, while improving literacy skills. Working collaboratively and rotating through the classroom, students analyze various primary sources and leave their interpretations for the subsequent groups to build upon. This approach engages students with the ambiguity of historiography process, as they grapple with the transition from interpretive murkiness to clarity to construct a point of view. Join three high school teachers as they demonstrate the strategy and discuss the adaptability of the approach.

"Creating Clarification: Using Document Walks to Collectively Navigate the Historical Process" article:

"Creating Clarification: Using document Walks to Collectively Navigate the Historical Process" has been published in the 2011-2012 South Carolina Middle School Association Journal. The article is available as both a pdf file and a link to the SCMSA website. Please go to the SCMSA by clicking HERE and look under "Publications."



Newberry Observer Article:

Below is an article from our local newspaper, The Newberry Observer, discussing Document Walks. The article by Natalie Netzel is titled "Students become historians in social studies classes." It was published in print on October 19, 2011 and online on October 20, 2011. Although the article is available below as a pdf file, the online version can be accessed by clicking HERE.


Document Walk Collection:

Events leading the to Civil War. Used with Honors and Grade Level US History classes. Tenth and Eleventh Grade. Closely aligned to South Carolina Standards. (Compiled by Jeffrey C. Eargle with M. Merritt Moseley III)
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‍Factors leading to the fall of the Roman Empire. Used with grade-level Global Studies I classes. Ninth grade. (Compiled by Jeffrey C. Eargle and Alexandra Koch)
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Events and factors leading to the American Revolution with a South Carolina focus. Used with grade-level South Carolina History classes. Eighth Grade. (Compiled by Lacey L. Craven)


We also have Document Walks complied on the following topics. Please email us for a copy. All we ask is that you provide feedback on the message board. We can be reached at JeffreyEargle@Newberry.k12.sc.us.
The American Revolution (High School: Advanced Placement and Honors US History)
South Carolina & The American Revolution (Middle School: Grade Level SC History)
The Civil War: Case Study of Anthony Burns (High School: Advanced Placement US History)
US Entry into World War II (High School: Honors and Grade Level US History)
The Byzantine Empire (High School: Grade Level Global Studies I)
Post-Cold War American Foregin Policy (High School: Mixed Level American Government)
America and the Holocaust (High School: Mixed Level Holocaust Course)
Civil Rights: Constitutionality (High School: Advanced Placement)
Civil Rights: Economic Impact (High School: Honors and Grade Level US History)
Environmental Issues I (Middle School: Contemporay Cultures)
Environmental Issues II (High School: Grade Level World Geography)



SCIRA Myrtle Beach Presentation:

Lacey L. Craven and Jeffrey C. Eargle
South Carolina State Council of the International Reading Association
Surfing the Waves of Literacy
February 24, 2012
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Lexington District 5 Presentation:

Lacey L. Craven, Jeffrey C. Eargle and Alexandra B. Koch
Lexington-Richland School District 5
Professional Development Day
November 08, 2011
Columbia, South Carolina
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NCRC Newberry Presentation:

Lacey L. Craven, Jeffrey C. Eargle and Alexandra B. Koch
Newberry County Reading Council
Surf the Waves of Technology
October 04, 2011
Newberry, South Carolina
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SCCSS Greenville Presentation:

Lacey L. Craven, Jeffrey C. Eargle and Alexandra B. Koch
South Carolina Council for the Social Studies
Keeping it Civil
September 30, 2011
Greenville, South Carolina
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TAH Grant Presentation:

Lacey L. Craven, Jeffrey C. Eargle and Alexandra B. Koch
Teaching American History Grant
EDRD-J 650: Teaching Reading Through an Emphasis on Literature
August 08, 2011
Chapin, South Carolina

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NCHE Charleston Presentation:

Jeffrey C. Eargle and Alexandra B. Koch
National Council for History Education National Conference
The Causes and Consequences of Civil Wars
April 02, 2011
Charleston, South Carolina
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