This site explores four key topics in US history teaching students how to critically interact with conflicting primary source material in order to construct a contextualized historical narrative. The site includes resources for both students and teachers
The four topics are: the Spanish American war, Scopes Trial, the development of Social Security, and the life of Rosa Parks.
• Students will begin to read documents historically, using strategies of contextualization, careful reading, and corroboration.
• Students will expand critical thinking skills.
• Students will demonstrate an understanding of the connections, causal and otherwise, between particular historical events, and larger social, economic, and political trends and developments.
Target Student Population:
• AP High School History
• College Lower Division
• College Upper Division
• General Education (Freshman Seminar)
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Type of Material:
• In class discussion
• Individual homework assignments
• Small group discussion
• Lecture support for teaching
Flash and HTML
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Evaluation and Observation
• Well developed curriculum
• Excellent video support
• Excellent source material
• Excellent assignments
• The curriculum requires support from an outside textbook for background information. This is not a problem, but requires the teacher’s prior planning for integration.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
• Outstanding teacher resources and learning objectives.
• Provides assignment and grading resources
• Excellent tool for developing critical reading and contextualization skills.
• Prerequisite information is assumed and not fully clear – a minor criticism.