Teaching Case Study: Orphanage Records, Early Modern France
This essay outlines a three-stage project designed to allow students to work together on individual sources and then to derive historical questions from them. Once students frame their questions with the initial documents, other sets of primary or secondary documents allow them to expand their historical window and to make some preliminary conclusions about the lives of these children and of the society in which they lived. Those preliminary conclusions can then provide the catalyst for lectures, discussions, research assignments, or even creative writing exercises on broader themes in early modern social history.
Corley, Christopher R., and Gillham, James. “Teaching Case Study: Orphanage Records, Early Modern France.” Children and Youth in History, edited by Miriam Formanek-Brunell and Kelly Schrum (January, 2009): Item #121, 28 pars. http://chnm.gmu.edu/cyh/case-studies/121