This assessment measures students’ ability to source a document. When historians interpret a document, they look at who wrote it and when. Source information presents clues about whether the document provides reliable evidence about the past. This HAT gauges whether students understand an important aspect of sourcing: the time elapsed between when a document was produced and the event it depicts.
In addition to the assessment and rubric, you’ll find four short lessons with ideas for ways to use this HAT. The first details how to make new HATs that are similar to Thanksgiving. The second provides suggestions for using the Thanksgiving HAT to teach sourcing, and the third describes how to use it for formative assessment. The final lesson outlines how to use the Thanksgiving HAT to track student progress over time.