History highlights: Spring View students delve into the past

By: Anne Stokes, Placer Herald correspondent
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Last Friday, students at Rocklin’s Spring View Middle School unveiled their projects for Placer County’s History Day.

This year’s theme, “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events,” prompted a wide variety of projects, ranging from historically significant events, such as the bombing of Pearl Harbor, to technological innovations, such as the creation of the microchip, and innovators, such as Walt Disney.

Students have been working on their projects since the beginning of the school year, researching their chosen topics, conducting interviews with witnesses and experts, interpreting their findings and presenting them in multimedia forms. Students could choose to present their projects in several different media, including an exhibit board, a documentary, a website, a paper or a historical performance. Winners will go on to the California state competition in Sacramento in April.

“They get so much from this project,” said Spring View teacher and Placer County History Day coordinator Lynne Meiers. “An appreciation of history, certainly, but (also) understanding that when doing research, a wide variety is necessary to understand all viewpoints involved. It’s an incredible project in terms of asking the kids to analyze and interpret their research at a much higher level than they typically would.”

“So it’s a type of project that really prepares them for any research project they’ll do from this point forward in their academic years,” she added.