Did you know some very special celebrities visited CPA this week? Do you recognize names such as Julius Caesar, Beverly Cleary, Laura Ingalls Wilder, or Jackie Robinson? These and other historical figures were brought to life at the third grade Living History Museum.
The Living History Museum is much more than a history project: it combines scholarly research, report-writing, art, integrated technology, communication, creativity, and a biblical worldview. This massive two-month undertaking begins with students learning how to navigate scholarly research. Students then write a report, deliver it as a speech, and construct a creative display. Displays contain a portrait designed in art class, a QR code created in computer class, the written report, and other pictures and information relevant to the life of students’ assigned historical figures. Furthermore, in studying the entirety of a person’s life, students get a better understanding of God’s sovereignty as they realize that every person is uniquely designed and reflects the image of God.
At the culmination of the project, the Varsity Gym was transformed into an incredible display of historical figures brought to life. Students dressed in costume and assumed the identity of their historical figure as patrons gave them an opportunity to share a brief biography from a first-person perspective.
Third-grader Will observed, “My favorite part of the project was making the display board. It combined the studying we did in class with the things we did in art and computer, and I really like how mine turned out.”
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Christ Presbyterian Academy is a private, coeducational, college-preparatory school for grades preschool through 12. The Academy provides transformational education through a Christian worldview and offers extensive programs to develop the diverse potential of each student. CPA is a ministry of Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Nashville, Tennessee.