INVESTIGATING THE PAST

While we can answer the first question (Is our community racist today?) because we can use our own experiences and observations as evidence, … We can’t possibly answer the second question (Was our community more racist in the past?) without using rich, detailed historical evidence.

Students are using the documents below to piece together a historical narrative of what they think is reasonable to believe about an event in Vancouver in 1907.

EVIDENCE COLLECTION ORGANIZER


CRITERIA FOR SUCCESSFUL THINKING:

  • Can I use historical evidence to make rich inferences?
  • Are my arguments well supported by multiple sources of evidence?
  • Can I make speculations that are reasonable to believe when I need to fill in a gap in the story about what happened?

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