Historical Thinking Matters

Regular readers of this blog know that I spend a lot of time writing about historical thinking. At today’s workshop my colleague Gloria Sesso introduced the teachers to the website, Historical Thinking Matters. The man behind the website (which is part of George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media) is Stanford’s Sam Wineburg. The website serves as a nice complement to Wineburg’s Historical Thinking and Other Natural Acts.

The website focuses on “key topics in U.S. history, that is designed to teach students how to critically read primary sources and how to critique and construct historical narratives.” It is filled with resources, exercises, and materials for teachers and students, including a nice essay on “Why Historical Thinking Matters.”

My only criticism of the website is that Wineburg and his team only offer lessons and models for teaching 20th century topics.

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