The mapping American history project is committed to providing K-12
teachers with trusted resources to help them enrich classroom
experiences in history. The resources highlighted here offer innovative
ways to think about history teaching. These projects emphasize
historical thinking skills so you can pair their approach with our
primary sources to develop your own lessons.
In addition to
these websites, we offer a bibliography of books and articles to
stimulate your thinking. The literature on professional development
emphasizes the importance of reflection, so we encourage you to become a
scholar of your own teaching. These readings can help guide your
Historical Thinking Websites
The Stanford History Education Group
(SHEG) sponsors research
projects in history teaching and learning. This site is a gateway to their
Reading Like a Historian and Historical Thinking Matters projects. The site
also includes a link to its “Beyond the Bubble” project for history
The Library of Congress’
Primary Sources Journal
is an excellent on-line publication featuring
strategies for using primary sources in the classroom. Each issue includes a
special focus and highlights sources from the Library of Congress archive.
is a U. S. Department of Education-funded National
History Education Clearinghouse created by the Center for History and New
Media, which includes a wealth of materials and resources, including best
practices examples for historical thinking, using primary sources, teaching
with textbooks, and videos of teachers in action.
Foundation’s America’s History in the Making
website includes an on-line
course in American history with interactive features for evaluating
evidence, balancing sources, interpreting maps, and analyzing artifacts.
Historical Thinking and Teaching Bibliography
“Why Won’t You Just Tell us the Answer?”: Teaching Historical
Thinking in Grades 7-12 (Stenhouse Publishers, 2011).
- Levstik, Linda S.
and Keith C. Barton.
Researching History Education: Theory, Methods, and
Context (Routledge, 2008).
- Barton, Keith.
Doing History: Investigating with
Children in Elementary and Middle Schools 4th ed., (Routledge, 2010).
- Loewen, James. Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of
Textbooks and Get Students Excited About Doing History (Teachers College
- Monte-Santo, Chauncey, Susan De La Paz, and Mark Felton.
Reading, Thinking, and Writing About History: Teaching Argument Writing to
Diverse Learners in the Common Core Classroom, Grades 6-12 (Teachers College
- Mandell, Nikki and Bobbie Malone.
Thinking Like a
Historian: Rethinking History Instruction (Wisconsin Historical Society
- Donovan, M. Suzanne and John D. Bransford, eds.,
Students Learn: History in the Classroom (National Academies Press, 2005).
- Percoco, James.
A Passion for the Past: Creative Teaching of U. S. History
- Percoco, James.
Divided We Stand: Teaching About Conflict in
U. S. History (Heinemann, 2001).
- Reisman, Avishag and Sam Wineburg.
“Teaching the Skill of Contextualizing in History,” Social Studies 99
(September-October 2008): 202-207.
- Stearns, Peter.
Knowing, Teaching, and
Learning History: National and International Perspectives (New York
University Press, 2000).
- VanSledright, Bruce A.
The Challenge of
Rethinking History Education: On Practices, Theories and Policy (Routledge,
Assessing Historical Thinking & Understanding: Innovative
Designs for New Standards (Routledge, 2013).
- Wineburg, Sam.
Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts (Temple University Press, 2001).
- Wineburg, Sam.
Reading Like a Historian: Teaching Literacy in Middle and High
School History Classrooms 2nd. ed., (Teachers College Press, 2012).
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