I used this assignment at the beginning of the year. The goal was twofold: firstly, I wanted students to look at the major events of their own young lives; and, secondly, I wanted them to connect those personal moments to other important events in the wider world.
Young people often have trouble relating anything that happened in the larger nation’s history to their own lives, or to see how that might affect the future. “The present is saturated with the past and pregnant with the future,” stated Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. I want them to begin to see how the past affects the now, and everything that might happen in the future have their roots in what happened previously.