Developing Historical Thinkers: Supporting Historical Inquiry for All Students (Paperback)

Developing Historical Thinkers: Supporting Historical Inquiry for All Students By Bruce A. Lesh, Wayne Journell (Editor) Cover Image

Developing Historical Thinkers: Supporting Historical Inquiry for All Students (Paperback)


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This practical book addresses the consistent questions that were posed by secondary social studies teachers during professional learning sessions. In particular, it examines ways to break through the inclination and perception expressed by many teachers that "my kids cannot do that." Drawing on 22 years as a high school history teacher, 7 years as a state-level curriculum specialist, and extensive work with inservice teachers across the country, the author provides research-based guidance for engaging students in investigating the past. Lesh examines ways to develop effective questions that guide historical inquiries, utilize discussion in the classroom, and align assessment to inquiry. He also shows teachers how to incorporate difficult histories within an inquiry framework. Each chapter uses a specific lesson, framed by student work, to illuminate approaches in real classroom scenarios. Topics include the Pullman Strike of 1894, the Marcus Garvey question, Dust Bowl Migrants, the LGBTQ+ fight for rights, and multiple lessons from World War I. This follow-up to the author's book "Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer?" fills in gaps and expands tools and classroom examples to assist today's teachers.

Book Features:

  • Offers ways to promote teacher growth as it pertains to historical thinking.
  • Demonstrates how to align investigating the past with the needs of reluctant readers and students with special needs.
  • Provides lesson materials and instructional guidance.
  • Addresses how to teach difficult subjects, such as LGBTQ+ history.
  • Aligns historical literacy with inquiry-based instruction.
Bruce A. Lesh is a former high school teacher in Baltimore County Public Schools, curriculum director at the Maryland State Department of Education, past president of the Maryland Council for the Social Studies, and vice-chair of the National Council for History Education. He has been recognized as the Organization of American Historians Teacher of the Year, and the Maryland Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year. He received the 2024 National Council for History Education (NCHE) Paul Gagnon Prize for a Significant Contribution to the Promotion of History Education.
Product Details ISBN: 9780807768761
ISBN-10: 0807768766
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication Date: August 25th, 2023
Pages: 312
Language: English