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Vision: We believe that if teachers invite the history of their students and school community into the classroom, and orient their instruction around the shared construction of knowledge, students will view themselves as history makers.

The MAKING HISTORY Teacher

  • Asks questions of the past.
  • Investigates the history of the school community.
  • Thinks about who the students are and what histories they bring to the classroom.
  • Regularly tries new instructional ideas.
  • Creates space for students to lead their own inquiry.
  • Empowers students to see themselves as historymakers in their community.
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The MAKING HISTORY Approach

UCBHSSP has developed modules to introduce students to four different historical thinking concepts: Evidence, Historical Significance, Continuity and Change and the Ethical Dimension. Each module is meant to be used in conjunction with a content unit and can be adapted to meet the needs of a broad range of classrooms.

 

The MAKING HISTORY Modules

 

A. Pre-Lesson

Uses personal histories to establish understanding of historical thinking concepts.

 

B. Content Application

Provides learning strategies and organizers to foster understanding of historical thinking concepts throughout the unit of study.

 

C. Culminating Project

Integrates historical thinking concepts into the historical topics studied.

 

D. Connection to Local History

Connects historical thinking concepts and classroom instruction to the history of the student’s local community.