How Michigan Came to Be!
Students will identify the need for new historical accounts and construct interactive timeline of Michigan’s past. Each student will adopt a different historical perspective, either Native American or European, to drive their timeline. Through a series of lessons, students learn historical content (the history of their state), historical empathy (the understanding of different historical perspectives), and historical thinking (chronological thinking and primary and secondary source interpretation) by studying the following aspects in the history of their state and the relationship between these aspects: American Indians in Michigan, European explorers, early settlements, and statehood. As they learn about different aspects of Michigan’s journey to statehood, students will create a timeline to sequence significant events (exploration, settlement, statehood) drawing connections and conclusions between and about these events in Michigan’s history. Using a variety of primary and secondary resources students will describe interactions and events that occurred throughout Michigan’s history.