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Stanford History Education Group (SHEG)

found in: social studies; 6-8; 9-12

Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) offers three sections of lessons and assessments for grade 6-12 social studies classrooms. With adjustment, some of these lessons could be used with younger students. Free registration is required to download materials.

Reading Like A Historian has historical thinking classroom posters, 11 introductory lessons and 132 lessons in U.S. and world history. Each lesson concerns a central question and features primary documents appropriate for students with different reading skills. Students use various reading strategies to evaluate different points of view and learn to make historical claims backed by documentary evidence. Radical Reconstruction ( PDF, 205 KB, 9 pgs.) asks students to consider why the Radical Republican plan for Reconstruction was thought radical. Downloadable materials include the lesson plan, original documents, and PowerPoint.

Beyond The Bubble comprises 89 History Assessments of Thinking (HAT) activities in U.S. and world history to develop student historical thinking. Opposition to the Philippine-American War: Students compare two different perspectives on the war in the Philippines. Downloadable materials include the HAT, Philippine-American War rubric, and a letter from Colonel Funston to the Kansas City Journal on the progress of the war as of April 1899.

Civic Online Reasoning features assessments designed to help students evaluate online information. Eleven paper and eleven digital assessments provide online content for students to review and judge. Evaluating Evidence  ( PDF, 289 KB, 1 pg.) Students evaluate an image purported to be a 2015 photograph of flowers near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. Downloadable materials include the assessment and the rubric. For background, see Students Have 'Dismaying' Inability To Tell Fake News From Real, Study Finds



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