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Monday, August 5, 2013

Why Historical Thinking Matters & Tips for Historical Thinking

Historical Thinking Matters is a good resource for U.S. History teachers that I reviewed about a year ago. This afternoon I took another look at it and found a good interactive presentation titled Why Historical Thinking Matters. The ten part presentation starts out by explaining why historical thinking isn't just memorization of facts. The presentation walks viewers through a model of how to think and study like a historian who analyzes and compares information.

Teaching History offers two interactive posters that show students how to work like historians. Doing History is Like Solving a Mystery is an interactive poster for elementary school students. The poster uses images with notes to guide students through the process of developing good research questions and recording their ideas. History is an Argument About the Past is an interactive poster for middle school and high school students. The poster walks students through identifying primary and secondary sources of information then using that information to create an argument.