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Reading Like a Historian: Overview

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Reading Like A Historian curriculum is a unique and effective way to teach High School History. By turning students into history investigators, teachers help them develop critical thinking skills and increase student engagement.
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Reading for history is different than reading for english. Even though these videos were made for teachers I feel that some of these videos could expalin why certain skills are necessary. 

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Reading Like a Historian: Corroboration

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Developing critical thinking skills is a primary goal of the Reading Like A Historian Curriculum. By corroborating information and examining sources students challenge the idea of truth.
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Corroboration is a historical skill which students must use when in a history class. This is especially true when they are writing a paper. Corroboration forces students to challenge the idea of truth. Just becuase one book says something is true does not mean all of them will. They also have to understand the concept of different view points

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Distributed Practice

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Distributed Practice: the idea behind this is to have students understand that cramming the night before an exam/test is not the best practice and it will not yield better tests grades. For the best test grades students should study for shorter periods over a longer period of time. 

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Reading Like a Historian: Sourcing

Reading Like a Historian: Sourcing | Historical Skills | Scoop.it
Sourcing documents is a key skill within the curriculum for Reading Like A Historian. Discover a way to structure a sourcing lesson for your High School History class.
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Sourcing: This is one of the key skills that a student must have as a historian. Sourcing is asking, who, when, where, and why about a document. This helps discover the reliability of a document and helps students understand why this document was written and how this can influence authors. 

 

This is helpful when writing papers/arguements/ etc. 

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Practice Tests:

 

"The use of practice tests can improve student learning in both direct and indirect ways.  Consider two students who have just read a chapter in a textbook: Both students review the most important information in the chapter, but one student reads the information again, whereas the other student hides the answers and attempts to recall the information from memory. Compared with the first student, the second student, by testing himself, is boosting his long-term memory. Thus, unlike simply reading a text, when students correctly retrieve an answer from memory, the correct retrieval can have a direct effect on memory.

Practice tests can also have an indirect effect on student learning. When a student fails to retrieve a correct answer during a practice test, that failure signals that the answer needs to be restudied; in this way, practice tests can help students make better decisions about what needs further practice and what does not. In fact, most students who use practice tests report that they do so to figure out what they know and do not know." http://www.aft.org/newspubs/periodicals/ae/fall2013/dunlosky.cfm

 

Practice tests are such an important skill. Even if students just use the practice tests in their textbooks/ create questions from their notes it can have a dramatic impact on their grades.

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Reading Like a Historian: Contextualization

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Teaching students to contextualize, or understand the things happening around certain historical events allows them to gain a deeper knowledge of lessons.
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Contextualizing/ Context is to understand what is happening around certain historical events helps students understand what is going on and to gain a deeper meaning. 

 

This can help students when writing a paper to better understand the era of history. 

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