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Strategies for Teaching History
by James L. Smith

Strategies for teaching history are ubiquitous and unlimited. Even so, I've provided a few links below that should serve as a sampling of what history teachers can do in the classroom.

53 Ways to Check Understanding
http://www.edutopia.org/resource/checking-understanding-download

APPARTS
(Author / Place & Time / Prior Knowledge / Audience / Reason / The Main Idea / Significance)
http://teachinghistory.org/teaching-materials/ask-a-master-teacher/24711

Brainstorming
https://www.teachervision.com/teaching-methods/resource/5046.html

Carousel
http://www.readwritethink.org/professional-development/strategy-guides/brainstorming-reviewing-using-carousel-30630.html

Case Study
http://www.udel.edu/dssep/teaching_strategies/casestudy.htm

Concept Formation
http://www.udel.edu/dssep/teaching_strategies/concept_formation.htm

Cooperative Learning
http://www.pgcps.pg.k12.md.us/~elc/learning1.html

Cornell Notes
http://coe.jmu.edu/learningtoolbox/cornellnotes.html

Debate
http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/strategy/strategy012.shtml

Dialectical Notes
http://www.mshogue.com/ce9/Oral_history/dialectic_notes.htm

Document Analysis
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/

Double Exposure
http://www.udel.edu/dssep/teaching_strategies/Double_Exposure.htm

Dueling Documents
http://www.udel.edu/dssep/teaching_strategies/Dueling%20Document.htm

Field Trip
http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/educators/technique-guide/taking-a-field-trip/

Fishbowl
http://www.udel.edu/dssep/teaching_strategies/fishbowl.htm

Five C’s (Change Over Time / Context / Causality / Contingency / Complexity)
http://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/january-2007/what-does-it-mean-to-think-historically

Gallery Walk
http://www.udel.edu/dssep/teaching_strategies/gallerywalk.htm

Graffiti Groups
http://www.udel.edu/dssep/teaching_strategies/graffiti.htm

Graphic Organizers
http://www.graphic.org/

Guest Speaker
http://www.uft.org/teacher-teacher/bringing-guest-speakers-your-classroom

Inquiry
http://www.udel.edu/dssep/teaching_strategies/inquiry.htm

Interactive Notebook
http://teachingwithatouchoftwang.blogspot.com/2012/08/social-studies-interactive-notebook.html

Internet Assignment
http://www.csun.edu/~hcedu013/onlineactivities.html

Interview
https://www.learner.org/workshops/tml/workshop6/teaching2.html

Jigsaw
http://www.udel.edu/dssep/teaching_strategies/jigsaw_coop.htm

KWL (Know / What / Learned)
http://www.udel.edu/dssep/teaching_strategies/kwl.htm

Learning Center
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/new-approach-learning-centers

Lecture
http://teachinghistory.org/nhec-blog/25266

Levels of Questioning (use as a guide to creating student assignments)
http://ww2.odu.edu/educ/roverbau/Bloom/blooms_taxonomy.htm

Mock Trial
http://www.udel.edu/dssep/teaching_strategies/mocktrials.htm

Moot Court
http://www.udel.edu/dssep/teaching_strategies/mootcourt.htm

PERSIA (Politics / Economics / Religion / Social / Intellectual / Artistic)
http://historytech.wordpress.com/2009/10/02/tip-of-the-week-persia-graphic-organizer/

Political Cartoons
http://teachinghistory.org/teaching-materials/teaching-guides/21733

Post It Poll
http://www.udel.edu/dssep/teaching_strategies/postitpoll.htm

Power Point Presentation
http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech013.shtml

Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
http://www.udel.edu/dssep/teaching_strategies/pbl.htm

RAFT
http://www.writingfix.com/wac/Writing_Across_Curriculum_RAFTS_Soc_Studies.htm

Research Paper
http://teachinghistory.org/teaching-materials/teaching-guides/25516

Role Playing
http://teachinghistory.org/best-practices/teaching-in-action/14947

Simulation
http://teachinghistory.org/nhec-blog/25117

SOAPSTone (Speaker / Occasion / Audience / Purpose / Subject / Tone)
http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/preap/teachers_corner/45200.html

Socratic Seminar
http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/4994

SPRITE (Social / Political / Religious / Intellectual / Technological / Economic)
http://lake.k12.fl.us/Page/13240

Stay or Stray
http://www.udel.edu/dssep/teaching_strategies/stay%20or%20stray.htm

Student-Created Video, PowerPoint, Sound Recording, Website, Poster, Oral Presentation, Panel Discussion, or Historical Model

Synectics (Understanding Together)
http://www.udel.edu/dssep/teaching_strategies/synectics.htm

Take a Stand
http://www.udel.edu/dssep/teaching_strategies/takestand.htm

Teams-Games-Tournaments
http://www.udel.edu/dssep/teaching_strategies/tgt_coop.htm

Think Pair Shares
http://www.udel.edu/dssep/teaching_strategies/pairshares_coop.htm

Timelines / Change Over Time
http://teachinghistory.org/teaching-materials/teaching-guides/24347

Textbook Reading
http://teachinghistory.org/issues-and-research/research-brief/25421

Venn Diagrams
http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/2646



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