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Historical Thinking, Vol. 3, No. 1, Winter 2010

This issue explores how teachers can use primary sources to help students develop historical thinking skills.
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Detail from The Philosopher, by Antonio da Trento

Primary Sources and Historical Thinking
In this feature article, Stanford University professor Sam Wineburg explains why historical thinking strategies and primary sources are critical to classroom instruction.

Photograph of student, 1939

Research and Current Thinking
Summaries of and links to online resources—articles, research reports, Web sites, and white papers—that provide research and current thinking relating to the issue's theme.

Valerie Ziegler, high school social studies teacher

Teacher Spotlight
Valerie Ziegler, a high school social studies teacher in San Francisco, California, uses primary sources to help students think like historians.

Detail from Scene at signing of the Constitution of the United States

Learning Activity – Elementary Level
In this activity, students become historical detectives, investigating and analyzing primary sources relating to leading patriots' initial opposition to the U.S. Constitution.

Senator Henry Cabot Lodge

Learning Activity – Secondary Level
Students practice historical thinking skills in this activity as they read and listen to speeches arguing in favor of and against President Woodrow Wilson's proposed League of Nations.

Children reading

TPS Quarterly Archive
Previous issues of the Teaching With Primary Sources Quarterly are available through this archive.

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