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Holtschlag, M. “The Big History Lesson.” Visitor Studies Today 3(3) (2000): 15-18.


The Big History Lesson is an educational program at the Michigan Historical Museum in which teachers and students use the museum as their classroom for a week for a lively, in-depth study of Michigan history. They talk with historians, reenact the lives of historical figures, work cooperatively on research, and take a behind the scenes look at the museum. The lessons are teacher-led and student-centered, with teachers and museum staff working together to help the children learn. The Big History Lesson is a model of teaching and learning that makes a real world, hands-on, personal history connection for students.

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