The Ancestors Teacher's Guide was written to be used online by students
or downloaded and distributed to a class by a teacher. It is a series
of lessons that coordinates with the Ancestors episodes, including
activities that teach the main of ideas the program. Each lesson includes
suggested assignments and vocabulary words. Of special note is the
research process introduced in Lesson
203 -- a research process that has skill-building value even outside
the arena of family history.
As you read the lessons, you will note that they are written to
the student. Please feel free to adapt them as needed.
A CHANGING DEMOGRAPHIC
In recent years, much has been said about the changing dynamic of
the modern-day family. Indeed, the very definition of the word "family"
has been debated. While many students go home to traditional two-parent
households, an ever-growing number of them do not.
Students from single-parent households may prefer to use the pedigree
chart that diagrams only one side of the family. You may prefer
to turn what would otherwise be a family activity into a community
activities by involving a local senior citizen's center. For instance,
instead of conducting oral history interviews with family members,
(as suggested for lessons pertaining to Episode 202) some students,
or your entire class, may opt to interview residents at a local
senior citizen's center. The interviews could be transcribed and
bound into a local history book (thereby creating a compiled record,
which fits into lessons for Episode 203).
Amidst debates on the condition and definition of "family" in
recent years, the hobby of genealogy has experienced explosive growth.
Perhaps this is due, in part, to the healing and empowering effect
that has been felt by thousands of people who have begun a search
for roots. We trust educators to be sensitive to the individual
situations of their students as we recommend family history as a
unique and enriching context for learning.
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