Why study American history?
Why study World History?
What is Historiography?
"Historiography is the study of how history itself is written or handed down throughout the ages. It takes into consideration the various means by which a historical source is formed, such as the credibility of the sources used, the motives of the author composing the history, and its authenticity. Historiography can be regarded as a form of meta-history.Historiography tries to place these various sources into a specific context. This means that the historiographer does not merely accept the content of a source at face value, but traces the source looking for various motifs in its formation. One can understand a historical source as conceived from within a certain perspective and with a precise objective tied to its very production. Historical events can be seen as biased by the particularities of their recording and presentation. The historiographer acts like a history detective, seeking to unravel the logic of the production of history."
The word history comes from the Ancient Greek "historia," which means "inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation." The existence of historical sources provides valuable information concerning the past. Historiographers tend to differentiate these sources in terms of written and oral histories. Oral history is a more dynamic because it is spread by word of mouth, while written history is fixed and emphasizes the recording of facts.
Web Sites to Practice Historical Thinking
Historical Thinking Exercises (interesting web site)
Why Use Primary Sources to teach History?
It's in the California Framework! SCORE: Skills to be taught in History
Some places to find Primary Sources...
Guides and Templates for Analyzing Sources
Library of Congress: Creating Lessons with Primary SourcesGuide to analyzing a source: SOAPS
NARA's Document Analysis Worksheets
Smithsonian Analysis Worksheets (6 handouts / good for world history)
Collection of Web Sites
Nara Digital Classroom (National Archives)
American Memory (Library of Congress)
Eyewitness to History
Center for History and Media
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
History of Today
Sabato's web site
Why Study Geography?
5 Themes of Geography and activities:
Maps to download and Interactive maps
National Geographic Xpeditions (download maps and lessons)
Education Place (download maps)
National Atlas.gov (check out the dynamic maps!)
Atlapedia.com (maps to view)
The Secret Ingredients (pdf)
Bloom's Taxonomy (pdf)
Howard Gardner (pdf)
HotChalk: lesson template
How about a list of strategies to teach History?
SCORE strategies: Upper elementary to Middle School
More SCORE strategies: Middle School to High School
Rubrics for Assessments
RubiStar: Create your own rubric
In conclusion...Secrets of Great History Teachers
Education World:Classroom Management 101
Pacificnet.net: Getting ready for School (tips from experienced teachers)
Teacher Vision (Drake University): all kinds of support for teachers
- Virtual Tours
- Use of Audio online:
- Use of Music online:
- Use of Videos online
- Art and Pictures
Teacherweb.com: An easy to use template to create your
own website. Try it...you will be surprised!
Get ready made Powerpoints that you can download and edit: slideshare.net
You can also use this site to upload PowerPoints you have created.
PowerPoint for Jeopardy and other games:Schools.net
Below are websites to help create and design your website and powerpoints...
History Images: http://witcombe.sbc.edu/ARTHLinks.html
Mr. Donn's site: http://www.mrdonn.org/clipart.html
Lines, Bars, Separators
Tunes / Movie / TV sounds