Thinking Like a Historian: Rethinking History Instruction is a teaching and learning framework that explains the essential elements of history and provides "how to" examples for building historical literacy in classrooms at all grade levels.Read more...
Thinking Like a Historian: Rethinking History Instruction is a teaching and learning framework that explains the essential elements of history and provides "how to" examples for building historical literacy in classrooms at all grade levels. With practical examples, engaging and effective lessons, and classroom activities that tie to essential questions, Thinking Like a Historian provides a framework to enhance and improve teaching and learning history. We invite you to use Thinking Like a Historian to bring history into your classroom or to re-energize your teaching of this crucial discipline in new ways. This philosophical and pedagogical guide to history as a discipline uses published standards of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the National Council for History Education, the National History Standards and state standards for Wisconsin and California. A group of experienced Wisconsin historians and educators, representing elementary through university levels, developed and piloted this framework.
Thinking Like a Historian is the fruit of our thinking and practice grounded in the highest standards of the discipline—designed to stimulate your own thinking, planning, and teaching. Adapt or draw inspriration from the examples for engaging and effective lessons and classroom activities. Return again and again to the common language of Thinking Like a Historian as a foundation that can connect and develop students' curiosity about and understand of history throughout their school years. As history educators we wholeheartedly embrace the responsibility and opportunity to guide the next generation to think more deeply about the past—to think like historians.
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