“What is Historical Thinking?”

Hey friends,

Here is a great piece from teachinghistory about thinking historically — it even comes with a video!  Here is a small piece. . .

Watch this introductory video (or download the transcript) for an overview of ways of thinking inherent in knowing and doing history. Historical thinking is complex and multi-faceted; we focus on five key aspects particularly relevant to the K-12 classroom. These are:

  1. Multiple Accounts & Perspectives
  2. Analysis of Primary Sources
  3. Sourcing
  4. Context
  5. Claim-evidence Connection

What resources are available to help with understanding these facets and teaching them to students of all ages? Below are a few of our favorite such resources at Teachinghistory.org.

Check out the rest of the piece here!



Christian, Lover of History, Aspiring Teacher

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