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7. Module 1 continued.

3. The 5 Ws Technique 


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The 5 Ws is a simple yet effective technique for encouraging your students to engage with historical objects. Giving them an object and asking them (or better still getting them to come up with their own) Who, What, Where, When and Why questions, is an excellent way into a topic and can really spark their curiosity.  


Choose one of the following objects and try to answer the following questions:  

  1. Who do you think it belonged to/who made it? 
  1. What do you think it is/was used for? 
  1. Where do you think it comes from? 
  1. When do you think it was made? 
  1. Why do you think it has survived/someone has kept it? 

You may want to print out and use the ‘5WS sheet’ to record your ideas. 

Now that you’ve finished, if you’d like to find out more about these objects visit: 


How did you find this exercise? Can you see yourself using the 5Ws technique with your students?