Thinking Like a Historian

As a young historian, your world is much more than memorizing places, names, and dates.  We want to analyze the past in order to understand why major events happened, how people felt about the events, the effect of the events at the time, and why those events are important today.  We don't need to spend a ton of time on historical content that doesn't impact our society today, right?

That's where "Thinking Like a Historian" comes in to play, This framework offers you five historical thinking concepts to structure your examination of the past. To introduce you to these concepts, you will be looking and different aspects of the growing nation in the early 1800s. For each of the concepts, you should summarize the concept in your own words, and then take a look at the historical events to practice the concept.  Clues come from the historical events.  Can you find them all and break into the Young Historian Hall of Fame?

Mandell, Nikki and Bobbie Malone. Thinking Like a Historian: Rethinking History Instruction. Wisconsin Historical Society,  2008