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Frost, Jennifer – History Teacher, 2012
Narratives encompass ways of thinking historically and several skills of the historian, and Tom Holt believes it is imperative that educators teach--and their students learn--how to construct historical narratives. Understanding and constructing history as narratives opens up the historical project for students. Moreover, demonstrating how…
Descriptors: Historical Interpretation, Civil Rights, Personal Narratives, History Instruction
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Ormond, Barbara – History Teacher, 2011
Students of history are expected to be able to interpret visual images as a source of primary evidence for historical inquiry, yet history teachers may not always place sufficient emphasis on pedagogies that consistently and specifically target the skills of visual interpretation. Developing understanding of visual evidence is sometimes left to…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Visual Aids, Primary Sources, Inquiry
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Peace, Roger – History Teacher, 2010
Critical thinking is defined more by what it is not than what it is. It is not rote memorization of dates, facts, and events. Instead, it involves delving into the meaning of historical developments--interpreting, comparing, theorizing, and evaluating--often with the aid of primary sources and multiple secondary sources. Students learn to ask…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, History Instruction, United States History, Foreign Policy
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Waring, Scott M. – History Teacher, 2010
There are so many aspects to teaching history that are vital to creating well-rounded historical thinkers, but one of the most fundamental and most overlooked elements is the idea of causality. Far too many students do not understand the idea of causation, that there are multiple reasons for why historical events occurred and transpired in the way…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Influences, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities
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Baron, Christine – History Teacher, 2010
As history teachers attempt to bring student thinking processes in line with that of historians, one of the major recommendations that appears in the end notes of nearly every study on the subject, and every set of state curriculum frameworks, is the injunction to partner with historic sites and museums to help students "learn about…
Descriptors: History Instruction, United States History, Historic Sites, Museums
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Levin, Kevin M. – History Teacher, 2010
When it aired in 1989, Ken Burns's epic documentary about America's Civil War garnered the largest audience in PBS history. Viewers who had little interest or knowledge of the Civil War were attracted to the powerful images and sounds as well as the narration by David McCullough and commentary by Shelby Foote--the combination of which served to…
Descriptors: United States History, Historical Interpretation, War, Audiences
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Metzger, Scott Alan – History Teacher, 2010
The Middle Ages are an immensely important era in the Western experience. Unfortunately, medieval studies are often marginalized or trivialized in school curriculum. With the approach of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the famous charter of rights from medieval England, one has a timely and useful example for considering what a focus on…
Descriptors: Medieval History, European History, History Instruction, Time
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DeRose, John J. – History Teacher, 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…
Descriptors: United States History, Textbooks, Historical Interpretation, Differences
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Sesso, Gloria – History Teacher, 2009
In this article, the author recalls the time she met Gary Nash at UCLA on July 13, 1992, when they began the work of creating the National Standards in History. Professor Nash was the leader in the development of the United States History Standards. In creating the Standards, they were to focus on Historical Thinking. They needed to organize the…
Descriptors: United States History, Historical Interpretation, Females, Teachers
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Fuhrer, Mary Babson – History Teacher, 2009
On an April morning in 1775, seventy-seven Lexington farmers took a stand on their town common and started a revolution. Generations of townspeople have honored these yeomen soldiers--the Battle of Lexington is re-enacted at dawn every April 19th--and generations of schoolchildren have learned the story of Lexington and Concord. Perhaps because of…
Descriptors: United States History, Secondary School Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Workshops
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Martin, Daisy; Wineburg, Sam – History Teacher, 2008
Teaching a way of thinking requires making thinking visible. Educators need to pull back the curtains from historical cognition to show students not only what historians think, but "how" they think. Given that many students believe that history is a single story to be committed to memory and that texts speak for themselves, teaching historical…
Descriptors: Protocol Analysis, Historians, Content Area Reading, Reading Processes
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Briley, Ron – History Teacher, 2008
Historiography is often overlooked as a fascinating subject by most contemporary students, whether in the secondary history classroom or undergraduate course. Some sense of the changing historical interpretation of a topic such as Reconstruction may be provided through contrasting passages from a modern history text with earlier editions of books…
Descriptors: Historical Interpretation, Historiography, Films, Primary Sources
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Voelker, David J. – History Teacher, 2008
Many assume that studying history will mean memorizing a mass of mind-dulling minutiae. Furthermore, they mistake history as relatively clear cut, as suggested by the maxim: "It either happened or it didn't." From their point of view, historians who move beyond simple chronicling seem to be throwing around mere "opinions." Unfortunately, the…
Descriptors: Historical Interpretation, Introductory Courses, Historians, History Instruction
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Immerwahr, Daniel – History Teacher, 2008
While it is true that every history is composed of facts, there is something more to history, something that makes it more than just the sum of its factual claims. That something is called narrative. A narrative is not simply a story (although it may be that). Rather, it is a structure for organizing factual claims. As many historians have noted,…
Descriptors: Memorization, Comprehension, History Instruction, United States History
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Lebow, Richard Ned – History Teacher, 2007
Counterfactuals are routinely used in physical and biological sciences to develop and evaluate sophisticated, non-linear models. They have been used with telling effect in the study of economic history and American politics. For some historians, counterfactual arguments have no scholarly standing. They consider them flights of fancy, fun over a…
Descriptors: Research Tools, Historians, Research Methodology, History
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