The 5th Grade teacher on this website uses 'Voicethread' with historical photographs. Click on the video "Ellis Island" to see how primary students build a historical narrative around a visual image. Voice thread transforms media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting.
Don't underestimate the importance of historical language in developing historical understanding. Provide opportunities for students to expand their historical vocabulary and to use language for a variety of purposes.
Young students need explicit instructions for when and how to use conventions of language.
Husbands (1996) identifies different types of historical language including:
1. The language of the past (e.g. convict, First Fleet, monarchy, revolution)
2. The language of historical time (century, period, modern, decade)
3. The language of historical processes (cause, chronology, similarity, difference)
4. The language of historical description and analysis (revolution, monarchy, democracy)
Use 'Word Walls' or word charts to help students keep track of information and terminology that is used in a Unit of Work and keep adding new words.