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'Iolani School Archives: Lessons & Activities

The ‘Iolani School Archives collects, organizes, preserves and provides access to historical records of ‘Iolani School.

 

The ‘Iolani School Archives collects, organizes, preserves and provides access to historical records of ‘Iolani School.

Teaching with Primary Sources

*Also see the Teaching and Primary Sources box in the Links tab of this guide.

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Archives / Primary Sources in Curriculum

Hello 'Iolani School Faculty!

This page contains lesson supplement ideas for 'Iolani School teachers.
It includes active learning experiences and teaching with primary sources available in the 'Iolani School Archives.

Integrating archival collections into curriculum is a wonderful way to develop primary source literacy, visual literacy, information literacy, and critical thinking skills. 'Iolani School is in the unique position of having an archive on-campus, providing an opportunity for place-based learning and capturing student attention through connections with historical events.

Supplemental experiences with the resources below, and on the War & Conflict pages of this guide, are available for your consideration. They are primarily meant to compliment your existing teaching units.

Activity: Building Community & Place-based Learning

K-1 Faculty!

As you continue your lessons related to building community for our youngest members, please consider this activity as a means of integrating primary source materials and place-based learning. It introduces students to a primary source photograph while promoting teamwork and observation.
The following is primarily intended to compliment your existing teaching units.

Grade: K-1; can be modified for other grades.

Location: Classroom (Archives visit not needed.)

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Lesson: 'Iolani History, Culture & Place-based Learning

2nd Grade Faculty!

As 'Iolani second graders develop into the historians they have the opportunity to visit the Archives to learn about the rich history and traditions of our school. This is a wonderful way to begin the year which will see them delving into family histories and sparking conversations about related major events. The Archives experience will introduce the students to new vocabulary, primary sources, improve visual literacy, and encourage inquiry with the added benefit of personal connection to history through shared place.
The following is primarily intended to compliment your existing leaching units.

Grade: 2

Location: 'Iolani School Archives

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Activity: Cook Voyages

4th Grade Faculty!

Following the Captain Cook voyages classroom unit that is part of the 4th grade history of Hawai'i curriculum, students have the opportunity to visit the 'Iolani School Archives to view observations made by the crew. Students will be introduced to primary source images, encouraged to make observations, and analyze. The experience will improve visual literacy and introduce archives as a type of information resource.
The following is primarily intended to compliment your existing teaching units.

Grade: 4

Location: 'Iolani School Archives

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Lesson: King Kamehameha IV & Nationalism

Upper School Faculty!

King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma are known as philanthropic leaders who were concerned for the welfare of their people.
We at 'Iolani School honor them annually during our K-12 Founders' Day celebration. This lesson provides students the opportunity to connect with historical events and create context through place using the words of King Kamehameha IV. Students will exercise primary source literacy and critical thinking skills while creating inferences to answer document-based questions. The lesson can be applied to courses discussing the Hawaiian Renaissance, history of Hawai'i, and other contemporary issues. Writing assignments can be modified by faculty to be formal or informal.
The following is primarily intended to compliment your existing teaching units.

Grade: 8-12

Location: Classroom or Virtual (Archives visit not needed.)

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Lesson: WWI & 'Iolani

Upper School Faculty!

Major historical events can often seem abstract to students given geographic distance and time period. This supplemental, interactive experience will show relevance to students through connections of people and place. Students will exercise primary source and visual literacy by closely examining historical images and documents. They will use critical thinking skills to complete writing assignments which can be modified by faculty to be formal or informal. Students will also be exposed to other U.S. historical collections.
The following is primarily intended to compliment your existing teaching units.

Grade: 9-12

Location: 'Iolani School Archives

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Activity: Women, the U.S., & 'Iolani -- An Exhibition Experience

Upper School Faculty!

This multimedia exhibition featuring items from several collections, including the National Archives, provides students a unique opportunity to learn about the history of Women's Suffrage. They will improve primary source and visual literacy by experiencing history portrayed using various outlets. They will use critical thinking skills to complete writing assignments which can be modified by faculty to be formal or informal. Students will also be exposed to other U.S. historical collections.
The following is primarily intended to compliment your existing teaching units.

Grade: 9-12; can be modified for 7-8

Location: 'Iolani School Archives

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Lesson: Asian American Experience

Upper School Faculty!

The Seto and Ai families figure prominently in the history of 'Iolani School. This lesson provides the opportunity for student to learn more about family names they encounter on Campus through primary sources available at the school Archives. They will use critical thinking skills to complete writing assignments which can be modified by faculty to be formal or informal. Student will also be exposed to other U.S. historical collections.

Grade: 11-12

Location: 'Iolani School Archives and/or Classroom or Virtual

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For More Information

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