Last month, I shared two important articles pushing teachers to use the question “What if?” more with their students (see Asking “Why Not?” & “What If?” As Well As “Why?”).
You are to identify one specific point in American history for which you are interested in changing the outcome. Once you have identified your point of divergence, you will need to consider both the immediate changes and the long-term impacts that divergence would have on modern society. You will present your “revised history” through the creation of “new” primary sources and a multimedia project.
She was also kind enough to share all examples of the finished student projects. Here are a few outstanding ones:
Thanks to Ms. Federman for developing such an exceptional lesson and for being willing to share it, and congratulations to her students for doing such exceptional work. I know I’ll be using the idea in my classes next year!
Carla also wanted to credit Diana Laufenberg for the idea of “What If?” projects, which she borrowed and adapted. Diana’s “What If?” resources can be found here.