"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty."
~ Thomas Jefferson

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Student Handouts

Historical Thinking Matters

We need to understand the basis for why learning the process of history is important. To help with this, I refer to a project headed by Sam Wineburg and the Center for New Media Studies. This project, Historical Thinking Matters directly addresses why historical thinking matters.

The interactive addresses a dilemma between two images portraying the same event: The Battle of Lexington

Primary Document Analysis Guides

Sourcing Primary Documents
Primary sources/documents are the backbone of our understanding of history, snapshots of the past that have been left behind by those that experienced it. In the same way you leave clues about the world around you with every text, photo, status update, so too have people in our past left the same clues. With so many types of artifacts, we group them into the following categories:




Images, framework courtesy of the Thinking Like a Historian Framework by Bobbie Malone and Nikki Mandell through a joint effort by the Wisconsin Historical Society and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.