My Heritage: Guiding Students On A Path Towards Self Discovery and Personal History

Mary Lacey Holmes, Social Studies, Garinger High School

Curriculum Units (pdf)


Students will explore their personal history and family trees in a meaningful way that will allow them to connect to their heritage and share it cohesively and coherently with others. Students will begin by exploring a handful of necessary vocabulary words so that they can begin to build their heritage story on a solid foundation that is consistent with their classmates. Students will then navigate between two choice ancestry sites and embark on discovering who their family is and where they come from. The final product from this project will be a family tree students can create either digitally or physically with class supplies I provide them with. We will conclude our unit with students sharing their family stories with one another.