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Browse Blog - historical thinking

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Jennifer Orr Starts the Year

How do you introduce history and social studies to early elementary students? [...] »

Comic Books in the History Classroom

Comic books as primary sources? Bring superheroes into the classroom with these six historical themes. [...] »

Ron Gorr on Imagining the Great Depression: Mixing Primary Documents and Student Creativity

Use primary sources to tell stories and discover what the stories you create say about historical bias. [...] »

An Ear for the Past: The National Jukebox

Catchy primary sources? You bet! With the Library of Congress's National Jukebox, get your students humming history. [...] »

Jennifer Orr on Primary Sources in Primary Classrooms

Many primary sources are text-heavy. Jennifer Orr asks where do you find sources appropriate for pre-literate students? Try art, photos, and other visual sources! [...] »

Questioning History Using the Census

Historian Alex Stein poses questions about population shift in Detroit, and models using census data and other sources to answer his question. [...] »

Michael Yell on Critical Thinking and Teaching History

Don't think once. Think twice. Demand concise, thought-provoking work from students. [...] »

Anthony Pellegrino on Teaching Segregated History

Anthony Pellegrino explores the history of one segregated school, and complicates his understanding of a traditional textbook narrative. [...] »

Ron Gorr on Socratic Seminars with Primary Documents

Anchor Socratic seminars in primary sources and watch your students work together to arrive at historical understanding. [...] »

Michael Yell on a Strategy for the Use of Textbooks in the History Classroom

Students aren't always working with primary sources. Seventh-grade history teacher Mike Yell leads students in getting the GIST of secondary sources. [...] »