Thinking like a Historian: Primary Sources in the K–16 Classroom

Lecture Description

In an age of “fake news,” historical thinking skills are perhaps more vital now than ever. This lecture argues that all students – from kindergarten on up – can learn those skills by doing exactly what professional historians do: analyzing primary and secondary sources and corroborating their findings. This lecture focuses particularly on how to teach students – from their earliest years through to college – how to analyze a primary source and use primary sources as the foundation for their learning. Concrete suggestions for class activities at all levels are included.



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