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Understanding Historical Thinking Standards

Understanding Historical Thinking Standards


In this lesson, students evaluate the historical thinking standards, their origins, their purpose, and the five parts of the standards.

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Notes on "Understanding Historical Thinking Standards"

(00:00-00:23) Intro

(00:24-00:34) Objectives

(00:35-01:17) History of Historical Thinking Standards

(01:18-02:24) The Standards

(02:25-03:25) 5 Interconnected Dimensions

(03:26-03:58) Positives & Negatives

(03:59-04:10) Review

(04:11-04:56) Reflection

Additional Resources

Introduction to Standards in Historical Thinking

This is UCLA's Department of History website, the official site of the Historical Thinking Standards. These standards can be used with any history, social studies, or geography standards; they emphasize the skills necessary for students to think like an historian. By clicking on the "History Standards" tab, you will find the National History Standards. In addition, you will find a valuable resource aligning the history standards with the CCSS . National History Education Clearinghouse Blog

There are so many history standards. When combined with the addition of the Historical Thinking Standards and the related CCSS, aligning lessons and curriculum can become overwhelming. offers practical strategies on incorporating the standards into lessons and curriculum. You can scroll down to watch videos of historical thinking in action in classrooms.