Unit 1: Redefining World Society and Culture
Lesson A: Thinking Like a Historian
Review and Assessment
You have learned how to look at history like an historian. You have examined the idea of multiple perspectives and you understand that there are different accounts of events in history. Historians have to examine these different accounts to determine what probably happened in history. You have also explored how you can use these skills as a global citizen. In your life you will be exposed to a variety of ideas and competing "news" stories. You will hear candidates for office say different things about the same event or issue. You will also read about events around the world and will hear how different people interpret these events. By using the historical skills you developed in this lesson and those that you will develop in other lessons, you will know how to shift through competing ideas and interpretations. This will help you better understand the world in which you live.
Classroom Activity - Historical Thinking Tools
Directions: Prepare a response to the discussion questions below. Follow your teacher's directions to participate in your class discussion.
- Think about the activities you have completed in this lesson. You applied historical thinking skills to a real-life local issue, to a specific country (China), and to a global issue (freedom of expression around the world).
- Now think of another instance where it would be helpful to use your historical thinking skills in your life or your studies. Share your idea with your class.
Select the link to review the Discussion Scoring Tool (pdf).