Eighth Graders Explore Perspective in History and Historiography

Our 8th-grade history students have been hard at work this week making posters on the issue of perspective in history and historiography.
Each boy chose an event, person, or concept from the ancient Chinese dynasties they have studied, then represented their topic in poster format from at least two perspectives.

This project aligns with their classroom discussions on why it is imperative for historians to consider multiple perspectives on a subject in order to form the most well-rounded and factual historical narrative. For example, the victors of a battle will most likely describe the occurrence from their unique historical perspective, while the vanquished will have a totally different account of the events. There is usually no one accurate description of “what really happened.” Rather, historians must use a plethora of diverse and reliable primary source documents to piece together their best approximation of history.

Allen-Stevenson’s distinctive “enlightened traditional” approach educates boys to become scholars and gentlemen.