Book List for My New Course: Teaching History

This Fall I am teaching a new course entitled “Teaching History.” (HIST 390).  It is designed for history majors pursuing teacher certification and anyone who wants to learn effective strategies for teaching the past.  18 students have signed-up so far (the course is capped at 20). About half of them want to be teachers and the other half want to pursue museum work or some other form of public history.  I am still working on the course, but I recently finalized my booklist:

Sam Wineburg, Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts (of course).

Gary Nash, et. al, History on Trial: Culture Wars and the Teaching of the Past.

Bruce VanSledright, The Challenge of Rethinking History Education: On Practices, Theories, and Policy.

James Loewen, Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and Get Students Excited About Doing History.

James Percoco, A Passion for the Past: Creative Teaching of U.S. History.

There are still two seats left!

2 thoughts on “Book List for My New Course: Teaching History

  1. How about Roy Rosenzweig and David Thelen's _The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life_ I haven't read it in over ten years, but it's lessons were important to me then. If I remember correctly, it covers how people learn history from more of a sociological perspective than cognitive a la Wineburg. I would love to hear if anyone else thinks it holds up, or not.


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