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Visualizing History at Ames

Although they were studying time periods that ended thousands of years ago, ninth graders at the Massapequa High School Ames Campus took a modern approach in their analysis. Students in Kimberly Simpson and Kenneth Petersen’s global studies classes created hashtags, headlines and images to show their understanding of the Neolithic and Paleolithic eras.


The activity was a modified Harvard University Project Zero thinking routine, designed to show comprehension of the topic in a visual manner. The co-teachers said that having students create a hashtag and a headline about the two different time periods helped them connect history to their everyday lives. The ninth graders further explored their creativity for the image, using window markers to create colorful depictions of the two eras.