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January 2010

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Get Ready for Our New Look!

The National History Education Clearinghouse will get a new look in 2010! New videos, including What is Historical Thinking and introductory tours of the website for elementary, middle, and high school teachers will be available. You will also find exciting new content, including Beyond the Textbook, a feature designed to look at how textbooks cover specific topics, what historians have to say, and what perspectives we uncover when looking at related primary sources.

History Content

History in Multimedia: The Indian War of 1812

David Henkin, Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, examines the ongoing war between Native American nations and the United States before, during, and after the year 1812. He also considers popular memory of Native American history and failure to integrate it into U.S. history as a whole. This was recorded as part of the History Grows in Oakland Teaching American History Grant. Listen here.

Best Practices

Examples of Historical Thinking: Cherokee Law of Blood

Historian Malinda Lowery analyzes an 1833 record from the Cherokee Nation's Supreme Court to untangle a complicated story of identity, legal authority, slavery, and the Cherokee Law of Blood. Lowery models several historical thinking skills, including close reading and placing the court case within a larger context of racial identity, slavery, and relations between American Indians and the U.S. Government. Watch the video here.


Teaching Materials

Ask a Master Teacher: What is Multiperspectivity in History?

Exploring multiple perspectives requires incorporating source materials that reflect different views of a historical event. In recent decades, scholars and educators have begun to question the validity of singular historical narratives. Instead of focusing on dominant groups and communities, they recommend employing multiple perspectives. One reason for this stems from increasing diversity and cultural pluralism, since many groups—such as women, the poor, and ethnic minorities—have been ignored in traditional historical narratives. Read more here.


Issues and Research

Research Highlights: Explaining Action in the Past: What Can Elementary Students Do?

In "Just Another Emperor," Peter Lee, Alaric Dickinson, and Rosalyn Ashby studied how students explain the actions of historical figures. Understanding how people from the past thought and believed and relating that to the actions historical figures took is central to the discipline of history. These authors wanted to know if elementary and middle school students were up to the task. Read more here.


TAH Grants

Project Spotlight: Time Travelers, Teaching American History in the Northwest

Provided by the University of Montana Regional Learning Project and History Department, the professional development offered during this TAH grant had a regional focus. However, the project and corresponding website placed regional history within a national context. The website is divided into three main sections: "American Expansion into the Northwest (1790s to 1880s)," "Technology Transforms the Northwest (1880s to 1940s)," and "Nationalizing and Globalizing the Northwest (1940s to 2000)" with particular attention given to communication, transportation, and energy histories. Learn more here.


Professional Development

Fellowship: USHMM Museum Teacher Fellowship Program

The National Institute for Holocaust Education of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum announces the 2010-2011 Teacher Fellowship Program, to be held July 11-16, 2010. Each year up to 15 educators (grades 7 through 12 as well as community college faculty) are designated as new Museum Teacher Fellows. Teacher Fellows participate in a five-day, all-expense paid summer institute at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., designed to immerse participants in advanced historical and pedagogical issues. More here.