Students will be able to decode and analyze historical documents (primary sources, secondary sources, maps, charts, artwork). Students will be able to read, analyze and evaluate historical arguments; apply and compare historical models, and construct arguments based on historical and modern sources.
Points of focus in this unit include the skills and tools that historians use to understand and write about history. Students will develop a understanding of:
Timelines, and use of significant periods, dates and cause and effect
Access to and availability of reliable historical resources
Unit Enduring Understanding(s)
Unit Essential Question(s)
Chronological thinking is the foundation of historical reasoning—the ability to examine relationships among historical events and to explain historical causality.
The study of history is subject to an individual’s interpretation of past events, issues, and problems. There is usually no one right answer, one essential fact, or one authoritative interpretation that can be used to explain the past.