Unit 1: Introduction

The Reading Like a Historian curriculum turns students into historical investigators.  Students may find this change jarring after a steady diet of reading a textbook and answering questions.  The three lessons in the Introduction--Lunchroom Fight, Evaluating Sources, and Snapshot Autobiography--help students recognize skills of historical inquiry they already practice everyday, such as reconciling conflicting claims and evaluating the reliability of narrative accounts.  The challenge is to apply these skills while reading. Reading Like a Historian classroom posters remind students what questions they should be asking as they read historical documents.

 

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