Introduction and Purpose
The study of time, continuity, and change and how historians study the past allows learners to understand their historical roots and to locate themselves in time. Learning how to read and reconstruct the past allows them to develop a historical perspective and to answer questions such as: Who am I? What happened in the past? How can I make my understanding of the past more accurate? How has the world changed and how might it change in the future? How and Why does our personal sense of relatedness to the past change? How can the perspective we have about our own life experiences be viewed as part of the larger human story across time? How do our personal stories reflect varying points of view and inform contemporary ideas and actions? How can we draw on knowledge of history to make informed choices and decisions in the present?