Class 5: Sharing Our Lessons

School Begins - 1899
School Begins – 1899

Students will present their historical thinking lesson to the class for feedback via large group discussion and using Google comment feature. Students will have class time to collaborate with peers and teacher to implement the suggestions.

Our goal will be to assist each other in designing a great lesson that supports student mastery in skills of  Sourcing, Contextualizing or Corroborating. Lessons will be modeled after History Assessments of Thinking developed by SHEG. For more on the assignment click here. We are using the shared Google presentation below to collect and curate our lessons.

Assignment for Class 6

Goal: Publish a great historical thinking skills lesson that others can use. Students will post a finished version of their lesson as a blog post. (Due Oct 4) It should be in a form that could be easily used by another teacher.

The post should conclude with a reflection – which could discuss the SHEG lesson model,  the lesson design process, the challenges  opportunities of teaching historical thinking skills, etc.

All historic and lesson plan content should be included in the post or available via linked documents, pdfs, etc. (Specific layout concerns can be worked out as needed.) All historical content should be in the public domain and  must include active URL hyperlinks back to source archive.


Image Credit: Library of Congress

  • Title: School begins / Dalrymple.
  • Creator(s): Dalrymple, Louis, 1866-1905, artist
  • Date Created/Published: N.Y. : Published by Keppler & Schwarzmann, 1899 January 25.
  • Summary: Print shows Uncle Sam as a teacher, standing behind a desk in front of his new students who are labeled “Cuba, Porto Rico, Hawaii, [and] Philippines”; they do not look happy to be there. At the rear of the classroom are students holding books labeled “California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, [and] Alaska”. At the far left, an African American boy cleans the windows, and in the background, a Native boy sits by himself, reading an upside-down book labeled “ABC”, an a Chinese boy stands just outside the door. A book on Uncle Sam’s desk is titled “U.S. First Lessons in Self-Government”.
  • Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-28668

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *