Tuesday, October 13, 2020

People You Should Know Project Spotlight

For the first project of the year, students researched several people from history who usually don't appear in textbooks. The list of people included people of color, indigenous leaders, women and the first LGBTQ+ activist. They researched a person and chose a method to demonstrate an understanding of that person. They could choose any method. Some chose a video. Some a podcast. There were a couple of drawings. Slide shows. Collages. 

Below you will find a sampling of the different projects submitted. Click on the tab above to see them all.

Vince George - Queen Nzinga

Ricky Echavarri - Ota Benga 

Jennifer Medina - Ching Shih 

Deana Lopez - Olympe de Gouges

Giselle Trejo - Sophie Scholl

Karina Teran - Vicente Ramon Guerrero

Nick Lamberg - Josephine Baker

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Welcome to a new season of Vox Historia

Voices of history are diverse. That is what we are stressing this year in my World History classes at Elk Grove High School. Not only will we be examining often marginalized people and cultures in our pursuit of historical truths, but students will also be demonstrating their learning and expressing their creativity in many ways. Over the last two years, students produced our flagship podcast, Vox Historia. This podcast has not gone away, but we are adding more "voices." The students have more agency this year, making decisions on how they want to demonstrate learning. So here, on the pages of Vox Historia, you will find the many different voices of our students.

Up at the top of the page, you can browse each project created by the students in my classes.

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year.

Our first project was entitled: People You Should Know. Students learned about 15 people in World History who do not appear in most textbooks. They then picked one person and conducted further research on that person. Then, they had complete agency to determine how they wanted to express their learning.

Vince George, a student in my 8th hour World History class, produced the following video. This is an example of the kind of projects that you will find on Vox Historia this year.