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Reading Like A Historian

Reading Like A Historian
The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features sets of primary documents designed for groups of students with diverse reading skills and abilities. This curriculum teaches students how to investigate historical questions by employing reading strategies such as sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading. Instead of memorizing historical facts, students evaluate the trustworthiness of multiple perspectives on historical issues. They learn to make historical claims backed by documentary evidence. How do I use these lessons in my classroom? The 91 lessons in the U.S. curriculum, 41 lessons of the world curriculum, and the 5 lessons in the introduction to historical thinking unit can be taught in succession. 1) Establish relevant background knowledge and pose the central historical question. *Note: United Streaming requires a subscription to Discovery Education. Of course!

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Propaganda Posters Interpreting a visual source, like a propaganda poster, is very different to interpreting words on a page, which is the case with written sources. Therefore, you need to develop a different set of skills. Propaganda is an attempt to influence peoples’ opinions or behaviour through the use of specific images and words. It usually gives limited information which is heavily biased in its presentation. National Archives: Teaching With Documents When we ask students to work with and learn from primary sources, we transform them into historians. Rather than passively receiving information from a teacher or textbook, students engage in the activities of historians — making sense of the stories, events and ideas of the past through document analysis. Document Analysis Document analysis is the first step in working with primary sources. Teach your students to think through primary source documents for contextual understanding and to extract information to make informed judgments.

Reconstruction Unit Bundled - Primary Source... by Burt Brock's Big Ideas Reconstruction Unit Bundled The Reconstruction Era just lasted 12 years, but huge changes took place during this period. This short unit covers three constitutional amendments, the nation’s first presidential impeachment, the election of the first African American Senator, and the birth of the KKK. This Reconstruction unit includes Reconstruction PowerPoints, primary source activities, warmups, exit tickets, a writing activity, review crossword, and editable assessment all bound together by daily lesson plans. This bundle has everything you need to teach all about the Reconstruction Era. Detailed lesson plans make no prep necessary, just copy/paste into your lesson plans.

Best Sites for Primary Documents in World History Common Core offers an incentive for teachers to use historic documents to build literacy skills in a content area while empowering students to be the historian in the classroom. But document-based (DBQ) instruction in this context requires four key elements to be successful: The right documents. Knowing how to look at them. Letting students discover their own patterns, then asking students to describe, compare and defend what they found. Basing the task on enduring questions, the kind that students might actually want to answer. Writing on History at Queens College Welcome to the "Writing On History" website of the History Department at Queens College, New York. This site is designed to answer your questions about various aspects of researching, writing, and editing papers on history. The links on the left-hand menu will take you to pages that address specific aspects of the process of writing on history.

Geography Awareness Week 2017: The Geography of Civil Rights Movements This week, Geography Awareness Week celebrates 30 years of geo goodness. Established in 1987, the week is designed to promote geography and highlight the relevance of a geographic education in preparing citizens to understand and debate pressing social and environmental issues and problems. This year’s theme focuses on the Geography of Civil Rights Movements. A recent American Association of Geographers press release suggests that a “civil rights-themed Geography Awareness Week can be an important moment, especially during these turbulent political times, to come to terms with the nation’s unreconciled legacies of oppression and domination.” The AAG goes on: So what can that look like?

Teachers Easy Guide on How to Evaluate Web content for Classroom Inclusion As our students grow dependant on Internet being a primary source for their information, it becomes of urgent necessity that we, as teachers and educators, should know how to evaluate web content and decipher credible resources from spam and irrelevant ones. Regrettably enough, some of the teachers who are using technology in their instruction still don't come to grips with the mechanisms used to sift through internet content. There is a crude analogy to this situation . A teacher who does not evaluate the web content he shares with his students is like a person driving a car without having a driver license, he can still drive his car but he does not know the real dangers he is putting himself to in doing so. Update : This article is available for download in a Slideshare presentation below Being able to evaluate online content is a skill detrimental to the 21st century education.

Why Study History - QHTA History is about change. It is the subject that contributes the most to the broadening out of the imagination. One of the purposes of a study of history is to help students transcend their own immediate experience and gain an understanding about how humanity has evolved and developed. It is ironic that when there is constant media comment on the need for workers of the future to be capable of adapting to change, that the academic study of change provided through the history curriculum is dismissed. History teaches critical thinking, something we all need plenty of today. It looks at people over times past and present in different societies, noticing and explaining their attitudes, beliefs and behaviours, and interpreting their reactions to the various pressures, conditions and events that induce change.

Social Studies Central Featured Product: Evidence Analysis Window Frame We often ask students to analyze evidence and to think historically. But these are skills that often need scaffolding.