In a few words, can you tell me what Historians do?
-I can name one example of how the past influences life today
-I can describe how historians learn about people who lived in ancient times
-I can identify different ways that historians measure time"
Historians research and study the past by looking at documents, artifacts, and other sources. They analyze and interpret evidence to answer questions about what happened in the past. Historians help us understand our past and present better.
What Historians Do
Primary Sources: Primary sources are documents or objects created during the time period being studied. Historians use primary sources to learn what happened in the past. Research: Historians conduct research to answer questions about the past. This involves searching for information in libraries, archives, and other sources. Interpretation: Historians interpret primary sources and other evidence to create stories about the past. They use their knowledge and understanding to explain events, people, and ideas.
Periods of History
10 years = decade Era = a large division of time Prehistory = the first era Ancient history = 3500 B.C.E - 500 C.E. Middle Ages = 500 A.D. - 1400 C.E. Modern History = 1400 - Now
Julian Calendar = Developed by Julius Caesar. Started counting years at the founding of Rome Gregorian Calendar = Created by Pope Gregory XIII. Took over three centuries to be recognized around the world. B.C. = Before Christ A.D. = anno domini (in the year of the lord) There is no year "0" it went from 1 B.C. to A.D. 1 Historians currently use B.C.E. (before common era) and C.E. (Common era)
Historians often visit ancient buildings and sites to gain firsthand knowledge of the past. Historians often do research in libraries, archives, and other repositories of historical documents. Historians sometimes use scientific methods, such as carbon dating, to determine the age of artifacts and other items.
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Digging up the Past
Archaeology - Study of the past by looking at what was left behind Artifacts - Objects made by people Paleontology - Study of fossils Fossils - Remains of plant and animal life that have been preserved from a long time ago Anthropology - Study of human culture and how it develops over time Species - Class of individuals with similar characteristics
Work together in pairs: Q: How do historians use evidence from the past to determine how life has changed over time?
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What is the role of historians in studying and interpreting the past?
Work together in pairs: Q: What is one way that historians use evidence to interpret the past?
What is the primary goal of historians?
- To study and interpret past events
- To create fictional stories
- To predict future events
Which of the following is NOT a task performed by historians?
- Analyzing historical data
- Performing surgeries
- Researching primary sources
What do historians use to gather information about the past?
- Social media posts
- Fictional novels
- Primary sources
What is the importance of studying history?
- Predicting the future with accuracy
- Entertaining ourselves with stories
- Understanding our roots and heritage
Which field do historians often collaborate with to gain a better understanding of historical events?