RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS » Stanford History Education Group

The curriculum teaches students how to investigate historical questions by employing reading strategies such as sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading. Instead of memorizing historical facts, students evaluate the trustworthiness of multiple perspectives on historical issues. (x)

The Stanford History Education Group works to provide educators with lesson plans that follow original documents through both US and world history (although the US history section is more comprehensive than the world history section).  The lesson plans are free for anyone to access with an account (setup takes about two minutes), and teach students methods of studying original documents and firsthand accounts.  The curriculum from SHEG has been shown to improve not only students’ understanding of historical events but also overall reading comprehension.

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