Last featured in our 04-01-2016 Scout Report, Children and Youth in History offers visitors a glimpse into how childhood--and the conception of childhood-- has shifted throughout history.
This project from the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University offers students and teachers a closer look at constructions of childhood and youth throughout world history. Completed in 2010, the collected materials are sorted into four categories: Website Reviews, Primary Sources, Case Studies, and Teaching Modules. Each section is then organized by region, ranging from Africa to Latin America to the Pacific Basin. For instance, within Primary Sources, readers will find data tables on Meiji Era School Attendance, primary source text from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, and photographs of sculptures, such as the small terra-cotta statue, Ancient Greek Adolescent Girls at Play. Each resource is accompanied by an informative annotation, source information, and guidelines for how to cite it. While some of the external links have not been maintained, there are numerous resources here to inspire learning. Educators, especially, will find the Teaching Modules section helpful as it provides lesson plans, strategies, and document-based questions on a number of topics, including Ancient China, Age of Consent Laws, and Health in Early Modern England.
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