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History Uncovering History

Howard, Sam, Mitch, and Me

I have a somewhat deserved reputation for tardiness.  Just after I finally  read Sam Wineburg’s critique of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and began drafting some thoughts, Zinn and Wineburg were in the news thanks to Purdue University President Mitch Daniels.  Then, I went on vacation…So, here are my belated thoughts on […]

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History Instructional Design Uncovering History

Routine, it’s what we do here…

Presenting at a stimulating Minnesota Council for History Education workshop this week, I stressed the importance of establishing classroom routines around historical inquiry.  I know this is important, because I have yet to do it fully and know the consequences.  Students still find the task of critically approaching sources strange and opaque.  Establishing a frequently […]

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History Uncovering History

Historical Thinking is Hard…

Recently, I spent a period (67 minutes) on the Zoot Suit Riots with four classes of regular level, 10th grade US History students, using SHEG thinking like a historian materials and clips from PBS American Experience documentary, available on youtube.  The documentary used a lot of  witnesses to and participants in the events around the […]

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Curriculum History Uncovering History

Uncovering Apartheid

UPDATE: I have created a webpage with a lesson plan and links to specific resources for the activity described below. While looking for some primary sources to make a short unit on Modern Africa more student-centered I came across a trove of primary sources at the South African Government’s site for Truth and Reconciliation Commissions. […]

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Curriculum History

2011 MN Social Standards: a step forward

I just submitted a letter supporting the proposed 2011 standards.  Guidelines for submitting are here.  While the standards are not perfect, in my view, they are definitely an improvement over what we have now and what we would get if the process becomes politicized.  Since there is organized opposition to the new standards I wanted […]

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Curriculum History

What is World History?

The idea of “World History” is relatively new.

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Curriculum History Uncovering History

Minnesota History Standards and Constructivism

In preparation for some district curriculum writing I have been examining the new Minnesota State social studies standards. They still need to be formally adopted into law by Governor Dayton.  A couple of state legislators have made some noise that they oppose the new standards, but there is no indication that Dayton will block them. […]

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History Instructional Design Uncovering History

Using Primary Sources

My mind has turned toward history teaching again this week after a summer of Online Politics and Law curriculum writing.  August on the calendar has me thinking about the other classes that I will be teaching this fall: Global Studies and AP European History.  And, over last weekend I reviewed some US History curriculum as […]

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