Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Wisconsin History Highlights: Delving into the Past
By Jon Kasparek, Bobbie Malone, and Erica Schock
292 pages, 282 photos and illus., 8.5 x 11"Buy
"Wisconsin History Highlights" encourages middle and high school students, including National History Day participants, to use Wisconsin topics and resources as they research American history. The book guides students on their way, drawing them in with the topics most likely to spur their curiosity and enthusiasm. "Wisconsin History Highlights" introduces students to essential skills for historical research, including locating primary and secondary materials, choosing and narrowing a topic, and avoiding plagiarism.
The text includes nine chapters: Discovering the Past; Immigration; Agriculture; Industry; Environment; Social Issues; Government; Tourism; and Arts, Entertainment, and Sports. Each chapter has a variety of concise historical vignettes about specific events, people, or places in Wisconsin history, and within each vignette, students will find hints to get started with research on that or a related topic. The chapters contain many illustrations of sample source materials, and each closes with a detailed bibliography of available primary and secondary resources.
Students will find ample guidance in many places, from the helpful introductory material, the table of contents, and the topical chapters to the thorough index, which together make "Wisconsin History Highlights" an essential tool for expanding students' conceptions of history and refining their research skills.
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"'Wisconsin History Highlights: Delving into the Past' is a wonderfully written book that provides those who read it with a new insight and appreciation for our state's history through engaging passages and suggestions for further research. This book is a definite must have for teachers who want their students to learn more about Wisconsin's rich historical past!" —Alan Tulppo, 8th Grade U.S. History Teacher Northland Pines School District
"By connecting students with topic ideas and accessible resources, 'Wisconsin History Highlights' provides an extremely useful tool for teachers who incorporate National History Day or other historical research projects into their classroom curriculum." —Emma Starzewski, National History Day Coordinator for the State of Wisconsin