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Thinking Like a Historian

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Abigail Donnelly

on 7 September 2012

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SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 THINKING LIKE A HISTORIAN ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS:
What is history?
How do historians evaluate the past?
What is the historical process?
You will be able to answer these questions at the end of class. THINKING LIKE A HISTORIAN WHAT IS HISTORY? HOW DO HISTORIANS EVALUATE THE PAST? Cause and Effect: causes and consequences of events in the past
Change and Continuity: connecting events and giving meaning to chronology
Turning Point: events that dramatically changed the course of history
Using the Past: the lessons of history
Through their Eyes: how experiences and needs affected people's worldviews WHAT IS THE HISTORICAL PROCESS? Asking questions about the past: understanding that the past was just as complex as the present
Gathering Sources and Evaluating Evidence: primary and secondary, multiple sources, using facts as building blocks
Drawing conclusions: use evidence to support History is about asking questions, analyzing sources, and drawing conclusions
History is NOT a collection of facts---it's about interpretation
History is affected by current events because these events change the way WE see the world and the events of the past Think of yourself as a detective, using clues to piece together a larger story
Understand that the way historians interpret history is always evolving because of changing worldviews, new sources and facts, and different viewpoints CONCLUSION Keep an open mind to different points of view
Act like a detective, using facts to support your interpretation
Ask questions about history and connect the dots to form your own hypotheses and interpretations SECRETS TO SUCCESS IN THIS CLASS: Which of these can be used as a part of the historical record? Which would you use to build your knowledge of historical fact?
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