Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Caught Red-Handed: Fingerprint Analysis - Section 3: Explore


Researchers have found that students too often encounter little bits and pieces of history out of context and unconnected to larger historic themes. Consequently, students often don’t connect individual events to larger movements and themes.  These limitations not only affect students’ grasp of history topics; they may also restrict students’ engagement in critical analysis. Without proper background knowledge, students have difficulty developing the contexts for historical thinking.

Timelines help students understand the chronology of historic events, and help students situate newly encountered events and figures in relation to those they’ve already studied. They provide a visual aid for identifying cause and effect relationships between events, and a visual prompt to activate student prior knowledge. They allow students to recognize how historic events, eras and topics overlap in time, to categorize similar or related events into themes, eras, and topics, and to compare and contrast elements in different time periods.

  Using Timelines
  Staircase of Complexity: Using Timelines
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Caught Red-Handed: Fingerprint Analysis

Unit 5: Forensics
Lesson 5 of 15

Objective: SWBAT list and describe the three types of fingerprint patterns and the three types of fingerprints that can be made. SWBAT explain why fingerprinting is important and useful to police in crime investigations.

Big Idea: Fingerprints are an integral piece of evidence when it comes to solving crimes. Students will learn how fingerprints are collected and analyzed within the field of forensics.

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