• Explore students’ prior knowledge about the specific historic event. Share this information with the class. Together compile of list of questions the students will try to find answers to while touring the historic site.
• Review relevant vocabulary and key terms: significant, landmark, preservation, historic
• Call ahead/research online for maps and information about the historic site and the historic event that took place there.
WHAT TO WONDER
Questions to ask staff: What happened here? When did it happen? Why did it happen? Why is this event historically significant?
Describe the landmark or monument present at the site. What does it look like?
Observe the scenery at the site. What parts or areas have been preserved since the event took place?
Opinion: Do you think this site is worthy of being preserved as a historic site? Why or why not?
Compare seeing this site in person to looking at pictures of it online or reading about it in your textbook.
Challenge: Be a historical detective! How do experts/historians know that something happened at this site? What clues have been left behind?