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Doing History: What Historians Do

Historians, Students and Teachers Doing History--Version: January, 2005

Choose | Locate | Examine | Interpret | Understand context | Draw conclusions | Present

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Draw conclusions (connection to today)
What historians do when they "do history" What students do when they "do history" What teachers do to help their students "do history"
  • Draw (some) conclusions about the significance of their investigation, why it might be important to our (local, regional, national, international) community today.
  • In doing this, historians explain finally why this topic was worthy of the time they spent on it.
  • Suggest additional questions and areas of further study.
  • Draw (some) conclusions about the significance of their investigation, why it might be important to our (local, regional, national, international) community today.
  • In doing this, students explain finally why this topic was worthy of the time they spent on it.
  • Suggest additional questions and areas of further study.
  • Help students make sense of their research in the context of today.
  • Help students work on their writing and presentation skills as they synthesize new information (ex. organizing by order of importance, compare/contrast)
  • Help students to make logical connections without overextending the significance or oversimplifying their conclusions.


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