What is History? Unit Overview

History is a reconstruction of the past using evidence and a little imagination.

 Dear Students,

This is a short unit. The purpose is to ignite excitement into studying history and to help you to gain some some of the skills to become a history detective.

  • Welcome AtL skills / Expectations / Notebook set out and note taking / participation / attitude

AtL Skills

ATL Gr 8 Humanities

  • Class discussion questions:

What is humanities?

What is history?

How is history divided (chronology)?

How do we study history (evidence)?

Evidence Mind Map : Graphic

Is studying history important? If so, why?

  • Take the History Quiz in teams. How much do you already know? What do you want to find out?
  • Key vocabulary list to help you understand the unit

Vocabulary assessement unit 1

  • Think about chronology and time lines. What does that mean? Use a timeline in teams.


Interactive Timeline web site:


  • How can you apply chronology and time lines to your own experience?
  • Researching history

A deeper look into evidence that history detectives use, such as archeology.

Archaeology Dating Techniques copy

Archeology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAPUK0AF7us

Radio carbon-dating:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx3BqQ44zDE

Archaeologist discoveries in history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWH1sNUkeF0

How can we evaluate EVIDENCE when investigating the past?

OPVL = Origin, Purpose, Value, Limitation

OPVL Explained

The 5w’s



Always remember to include BOLTS (borders, origin, legend/key, Title, Scale)