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ERIC Number: EJ837196
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Back to the Future with Textbooks: Using Textbook Passages from the Past to Help Teach Historiography
DeRose, John J.
History Teacher, v42 n2 p229-237 Feb 2009
Old textbooks are one resource for teaching about the evolution of historical interpretation. Some libraries contain collections of U.S. history textbooks spanning multiple years and some schools even keep older textbooks used in past years. Recently, the author used a book by Kyle Ward entitled "History in the Making: An Absorbing Look at How American History has Changed in the Telling Over the Last 200 Years", which includes passages from U.S. history textbooks over the past two centuries on select historical topics, to show his students how textbooks have interpreted the past over time. In this article, the author presents a lesson that reveals his use of these textbook passages to engage his students in historiography. (Contains 1 figure and 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A