As we continue to learn about the six historical thinking concepts we now move onto continuity and change. We will continue to look at historical significance with the French Revolution as well but will focus on continuity and change as well.
Continuity is the idea of things staying the same, being consistent or stable over time.
Change is the opposite of continuity, idea of things changing, transforming or becoming different over time.
Here is an example:
Essentially it is evaluating change over time using ideas of progress and decline.
Asking the questions of:
What has changed over time versus what has stayed the same?
Were the continuities and changes positive? or negative?
How rapid or slow were the changes?
Did any of the changes mark turning points in history?
(How are lives and living conditions alike over time and how have they changed?)
Significant/dramatic change =turning points in history.
Create two lists, one of constants in your life and one of changes when you look at your life from Kindergarten until now.
Consider the statement: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
How did you arrive at your criteria for determining important constants and changes?
Criteria for an important change:
• Substantial effect: Dramatic difference in the way things function
• Relatively permanent: Lasting condition or development
• Widespread: Effects are broadly felt across society/ time period
Criteria for an important constant:
• No substantial deviation: Little or no difference in the way things function
• Important aspects: The similarities are found in significant aspects of life
• Widespread: Similarities are broadly present across society/time period