A History Teaching Toolbox: Practical classroom strategies | Inquiry-Based Lessons in U.S. History | Historical Thinking Skills | Everything You Need to Ace American History in One Big Fat Notebook | Reading Like a Historian | Reading, Thinking, and Writing About History | Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer?
This book offers the tools teachers need to get started with an innovative approach to teaching history, one that develops literacy and higher-order thinking skills, connects the past to students' lives today, and meets Common Core State Standards (grades 7â12).
The author provides over 60 primary sources organized into seven thematic units, each structured around an essential question from U.S. history. As students analyze carefully excerpted documentsâspeeches by presidents and protesters, Supreme Court cases, political cartoonsâthey build an understanding of how diverse historical figures have approached key issues. At the same time, students learn to participate in civic debates and develop their own views on what it means to be a 21st-century American. Each unit connects to current events and dynamic classroom activities make history come alive. In addition to the documents themselves, this teaching manual provides strategies to assess student learning; mini-lectures designed to introduce documents; activities to help students process, display, and integrate their learning; guidance to help teachers create their own units; and more.
- A timely aid for secondary school teachers confronted with Common Core and other state-level quality requirements.
- An approach that promotes student engagement and critical thinking to replace or augment a traditional textbook.
- Challenges to the âmaster narrativeâ of U.S. history from figures like Sojourner Truth, Malcolm X, and Cesar Chavez, as well as traditionally recognized historical figures such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
- Essential questions to help students explore seven of the most important recurring themes in U.S. history.
- Role-plays and debates to promote interaction among students.
- Printable copies of the documents included in the book can be downloaded at tcpress.com.
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