The Evidence Board Format is pretty versatile and is a great tool for visualizing research. Students can organize their research, find corroborating evidence, and find connections among different sources. This is a version of the evidence board activity that I have been using with my High School US History class and they have been finding it very engaging. Using the Tulsa Race Massacre as the inquiry topic students are asked to determine the long term and immediate causes, reconstruct the events, and then identify important outcomes. They are not roleplaying the oppressed or the oppressor instead they are acting as historic detectives seeking to understand by piecing together interviews, newspaper clippings, documents, and pictures.

Check out the actual assignment at my Tulsa Race Massacre Evidence Board Activity Website (all the links work!)

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(I was nominated for the Patricia Behring National History Day Teacher of the Year award. As part of the nomination process I was asked to show an “Example of a classroom activity that demonstrates the use of primary source(s), an active learning strategy, and the implementation of historical thinking skills. The activity must feature at least one primary source.“)