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Teaching Historical Thinking

Stanford History Education Group

A rich resource with the latest research and tools for teaching historical thinking. Membership is free, but you must register before accessing their lesson plans and materials. Useful links within the site include:

Intro Materials for Teaching Historical Thinking

Use this set of introductory lessons to teach your students the basic historical thinking skills. If you use it at the start of the year, you can refer back to them throughout when discussing the primary skills of Historical Thinking: Contextualization, Sourcing, Corroboration, and Close Reading. It includes classroom posters you can hang in your room.

U.S. History Lessons using Historical Thinking 

There are over 71 individual lessons from 11 units here. Primary sources and driving questions are included. Supporting materials show precisely how historical thinking skills are applied to each activity.

Ancient, Medieval, and Global History Lessons using Historical Thinking

Includes 37 individual lessons with primary sources and teaching materials.