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Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer? : Teaching Historical Thinking in Grades 7-12.

Author: Bruce Lesh
Publisher: Portland : Stenhouse Publishers, 2011.
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Every major measure of students? historical understanding since 1917 has demonstrated that students do not retain, understand, or enjoy their school experiences with history. Bruce Lesh believes that this is due to the way we teach history?lecture and memorization. Over the last fifteen years, Bruce has refined a method of teaching history that mirrors the process used by historians, where students are taught to ask  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Lesh
ISBN: 9781571109064 1571109064
OCLC Number: 818112793
Description: 1 online resource (410 pages)
Contents: Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Foreword; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Chapter 1: Reinventing My Classroom: Making Historical Thinking Reality; Chapter 2: Introducing Historical Thinking: Nat Turner's Rebellion of 1831; Chapter 3: Text, Subtext, and Context: Evaluating Evidence and Exploring President Theodore Roosevelt and the Panama Canal; Chapter 4: Using the Rail Strike of 1877 to Teach Chronological Thinking and Causality; Chapter 5: "Revolution in the Air": Using the Bonus March of 1932 to Teach Multiple Perspectives. Chapter 6: Continuity and Change over Time: Custer's Last Stand or the Battle of the Greasy Grass?Chapter 7: Long or Short? Using the Civil Rights Movement to Teach Historical Significance; Chapter 8: Trying on the Shoes of Historical Actors: Using the Truman-MacArthur Debate to Teach Historical Empathy; Chapter 9: "How Am I Supposed to Do This Every Day?" Historical Investigations Versus Sleep; Chapter 10: Overcoming the Barrier to Change; Afterword: The End or Just the Beginning?; Bibliography; Index.

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Every major measure of students? historical understanding since 1917 has demonstrated that students do not retain, understand, or enjoy their school experiences with history. Bruce Lesh believes that this is due to the way we teach history?lecture and memorization. Over the last fifteen years, Bruce has refined a method of teaching history that mirrors the process used by historians, where students are taught to ask questions of evidence and develop historical explanations. And now in his new book?Why Won?t You Just Tell Us the Answer?? he shows teachers how to successfully implement his meth.

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