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8th Grade Arkansas

Historical Preservation

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of the issue of preserving historic lands and the challenges that face preservation. By investigating the compelling question “Is Progress More Important than Preservation?” students evaluate whether preservation is always the most important consideration, or if there are times when progress must become a priority. The formative performance tasks build on knowledge and skills through the course of the inquiry and help students identify battlefield land in Arkansas, explore areas where preservation has occurred, and determine if preservation should always come before progress. Students create an evidence-based argument about progress versus preservation, researching and considering various points of view, including the possibility that both might be achieved simultaneously.