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Experience the Strategy

In this section, you will experience place-based learning by exploring primary sources and how they can be used to meet benchmarks.

One of the most effective ways of understanding history is to "do" history, to become historians. In this activity, you will review a social studies benchmark, analyze primary sources from Hawaiʻi Alive, and complete the Analyzing Primary Sources (PDF) worksheet, and answer the questions that follow.

Begin by reviewing the following benchmark:

Benchmark -- SS.7.HHI.3.3 -- Explain reasons foreigners (including explorers, whalers, traders, and missionaries) came to Hawaiʻi and explain their political (including the change in government and roles/power of leaders), social (including the decline of Hawaiian population, Christianity, the establishment of churches/schools and end of kapu system), and economic (including the rise of mercantilism) impact.

Desired Outcome -- Explain the experience of missionaries in Hawaiʻi, including their social, political, and/or economic impact.

Now use the Analyzing Primary Sources worksheet to describe what you learn from examining the following primary sources.


After you have examined the primary sources and completed the Analyzing Primary Sources worksheet, answer the following questions:

  • What can you conclude about the experience of missionaries, including their social, political and/or economic impact?
  • What were the advantages of getting this information from the primary sources as opposed to a textbook or other non-primary source?
  • What were some of the challenges and benefits of working with primary sources?
  • How did working with primary sources help you understand the selected historical event?