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“Reading Like A Historian” Is Pretty Impressive

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Reading Like A Historian is an impressive collection of almost ninety U.S. and World History lessons from The Stanford History Education Group. Here’s how they describe the lessons:

The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features sets of primary documents designed for groups of students with diverse reading skills and abilities.

This curriculum teaches students how to investigate historical questions by employing reading strategies such as sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading. Instead of memorizing historical facts, students evaluate the trustworthiness of multiple perspectives on historical issues. They learn to make historical claims backed by documentary evidence.

They look good to me. You have to register to gain access to them (though you can get a “quick view” of them without registering), but registering is a pretty painless process.

The same organization also sponsors Beyond The Bubble, a history assessment site that I have previously posted about

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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  1. Do you know how many schools have officially adopted the “Reading Like a Historian” curriculum?
    Nationally? In California?
    Having a hard time finding any real numbers.
    Thanks!!

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