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Social Studies

Conceptual Lenses


9th Grade

Unit of Study

Historical Thinking Skills (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4)

Unit Title

Unit 1:Thinking like a Historian


3 days (Block)

Unit Overview

Students will be able to decode and analyze historical documents (primary sources, secondary sources, maps, charts, artwork).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

  • Differentiate primary and secondary sources

  • Identify and interpreting bias

  • Analyze data in historical maps

  • Access to and availability of reliable historical resources

Unit Enduring Understanding(s)

Unit Essential Question(s)

  1. Chronological thinking is the foundation of historical reasoning—the ability to examine relationships among historical events and to explain historical causality.

  2. 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.

  3. Formulate historical questions by deconstructing a variety of sources, such as historical narratives and passages, including eyewitness accounts, letters, diaries, artifacts, photos, historical sites, art, architecture, and other records from the past

  1. How do historians use chronological thinking to interpret and create timelines?

  2. How do historians understand history from maps, graphs and primary sources?

  3. How do historians compare and analyze historical narratives to identify issues, causes and effects?

  1. How do historians use research to interpret, analyze and combine data into a cohesive narrative?

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