Student practice PBL for history

How to Practice Project-Based Learning in History

The National Archives is preparing for the “America 250” project, celebrating the United States’ 250th birthday on July 4, 2026. This initiative invites people to share various forms of creative work, such as artwork, stories, and videos, to tell the country’s history from multiple perspectives.

Nate Sleeter from George Mason University emphasizes that history can be documented in many ways, not just through written records. Educators can encourage students to explore different historical artifacts and create their own representations of history.

Brendan Gillis of the American Historical Association advocates for the “un-essay,” allowing students to express their understanding of history through creative projects like board games or short stories, rather than traditional essays.

Lawrence Paska from the National Council for the Social Studies highlights the importance of storytelling in history education. He encourages educators to teach students about different narratives, including those that have been historically overlooked. He suggests incorporating various forms of storytelling, such as music and art, into history lessons.

Additionally, educators are encouraged to partner with local organizations and focus on local history, helping students connect grand historical events to their own communities. This approach aims to make history more engaging and relevant to students by linking it to their personal experiences and interests.