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Category: Uncovering History
Students used multiple sources to draw defensible conclusions about the plague
After introducing students to the historical processes around understanding plague pandemics yesterday, I guided my classes through primary sources on the Black Death in Europe and the Middle East today. This is such a work in progress that I added documents as the day went on. Like yesterday I used Slides with Pear Deck for […]
Stenka Razin Sailing in the Caspian Sea, Vasily Surikov, 1906Stepan, aka Stenka, Razin led a 17th century attack on outposts of the Russian state, and it looks different from the vantage point of Moscow or the Caspian sea. I’m currently reading about rebels and pirates in Qing China, and Razin was both. This “rebellion” began as maritime […]
Practicing the historical thinking skill of corroboration
Bring On History Fest!
As the people who read my tweets and my family know, I am very excited for Minnesota’s first annual History Fest on August 9th. It promises discussion of historical thinking and opportunities for collaboration, the two main streams of my professional growth this decade. Keynote speaker Bruce Lesh’s book Why Won’t You Just Tell Us the Answer? […]
DBQs for everyone
In a decade of teaching AP History, first Euro and now World, I have developed an appreciation for the Document-based question. Students will ultimately forget many of the historical facts that we cover in AP History. The skills developed practicing and writing DBQ should be much more durable and transferable, because students practice in my […]
New Year, New Rubric
Just in time for the 2014-15 school year I’m rolling out Rubric 2.0: Historical Thinking. In collaboration with colleagues in my school distict and in my twitter-based PLN, I plan to do action research with this rubric this year. Three of the five lines are the same from last year’s Rubric 1.2: Writing with Evidence. Adding “Corroboration” […]
The following was originally posted elsewhere on 5/19/2012. I took a first shot at adapting and implementing Bruce Lesh’s lesson on Truman’s decision to fire MacArthur on Thursday and Friday. The first day was mainly establishing context using maps, notes, and political cartoons. I found this to be fairly labored, and my large 4th period class in particular […]
It is as if for all of these years I have been giving students information as context for critical thinking activities that rarely come.