Lesson Plan

  • Grades 9-10,
  • Grades 11-12

Collaborating with History: Re-examining the Past through Research and Reenactment

Lesson Details

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain the concept of historical memory
  • Describe cultural factors that influence how the past is interpreted
  • Research and reenact a historical event from their own community’s past
  • Examine the evolution of the event’s historical narrative and analyze the factors that shape modern perceptions of the event

Grade Levels: 9-12th grade

Subject Areas

  • U.S. History
  • Social Studies
  • Civics
  • Creative Arts


  • Bisbee ’17 clips and equipment on which to show them
  • Student Handouts:
    • ⁠— Student Handout A: Clips 1 & 2 Film Notes
    • ⁠— Student Handout B: Discussion Deportation Then and Now
    • ⁠— Student Handout C: Clips 3 & 4 Film Notes
    • ⁠— Student Handout D: Reckoning With History
  • Teacher Handouts:
    • ⁠— Teacher Handout A: Film Summary
    • ⁠— Teacher Handout B: The Bisbee Deportation Timeline
  • White board
  • Pens, markers and writing paper

Estimated Time Needed
One 50-minute class period, with homework