Who Do You Think You Are? Tracing Your Familial Roots

The objective of this lesson is to have students conduct an interview with a family member as well as learn about their family history.

Exploring and tracing family history – also known as genealogy – is the most personalized form of history. It passes from one generation to the next, allowing us to connect with our ancestors as well as providing us with knowledge of our culture or how we fit into the grander scheme of society. It is exceptionally self-gratifying to be able to trace our ancestral roots.


Some media may contain mature content. Discretion is advised when viewing with students.

Lesson Plan

Students should watch the provided videos and discuss their opinions on the value of knowing their familial roots. Students should pick an older family member to interview about their family history. Students should ask a minimum of 10 questions. Some of the questions can include:

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Lesson tags: Eighth, History, Pop Culture, Seventh, Sixth, Television

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