Today I had the pleasure of teaching three classes of Pre-AP 8th graders about beginning genealogy research. They are embarking on a yearlong project to discover their ancestors and create a display for their annual family history showcase in the spring. All of this is coordinated by an incredible teacher at Emily Gray Junior High, Chris Voutsas, who I wrote about here: 8th Grade Family History Project: My Story in American History. I want to share the PowerPoint and handout that I created for today's lesson. Feel free to download the files and share. Discovering Your Roots_Basic Records and Strategies...
I interviewed Chris Voutsas, an outstanding junior high history teacher, about the family history project he assigns his 8th graders each year, called "My Story in American History." After our correspondence, I attended the school's academic showcase open house which featured the family history projects. I was wowed by the outstanding work each student shared. Let's hear from Chris about why he does what he does. Be sure to check out the video of the students at the end. Hi Chris, how long have you been teaching? I have been teaching here at Emily Gray Junior High since 1980. I had...
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