About This Teaching Strategy
In an activity based on the Life Road Maps strategy, students draw a map of someone’s life that highlights the important events and decisions that shaped that person’s identity. This activity helps students better understand historical or literary figures by focusing their attention on the many factors that contributed to a figure’s decision making. You can use this strategy as part of a research project, as a way to review previously studied material, or as an assessment tool. You can also have students create personal “life road maps” to help them reflect on key choices that have shaped their own identities.
This also makes for a useful community-building activity at the beginning of a Facing History class or unit. Use it at the beginning of an identity unit or at the beginning of a course to help create a safe environment in which students feel comfortable sharing and listening to one another.