For schools using A History of US: Liberty for All? 1820-1860, Book Five as a text, Lessons in Herstory is a must-have. The augmented reality works perfectly with the profiles of men in the book, giving a glimpse of women's roles in that movement or moment of history. The book itself does include women; many of those in the app are featured in the book in more depth. Augmented reality adds a layer of fun and engagement. Even without the book, teachers could use Lessons in Herstory as a jumping-off point for further research. Have students read about the women profiled in the app and choose a few they'd like to learn more about through more research.
Teachers could also have students look critically at the app. Where are the citations for the sources? (There aren't any.) Which people are not represented? What problems does including only a brief time period create?
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Lessons in Herstory is a companion to the textbook A History of US: Liberty for All? 1820-1860, Book Five. Use augmented reality within the app to scan pictures of men in the book to get a pop-up of a woman involved in that part of history. Some are directly related to that man -- e.g., John and Abigail Adams. Others are tied to a similar place (like Zebulon Pike, the man who discovered the mountain named after him, and Julia Archibald Holmes, the first woman to climb it). Others are related to industry, like the artists depicting Native Americans, George Caitlin and Zitkala-Sa.
Each profile is very brief, including the woman's name, a cartoon image of her and graphics representing her life, her year of birth and death, and two or three short facts about her. With the AR version, you can't zoom in to read the small print, but with the app, you can.
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