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Lesson 1: Skills and Best Practices

Questioning Skills

The article referenced below is well worth reading and worth the effort of obtaining from your school library or community library. The article points out two critical ideas about the use of questioning skills in the social studies classroom:

The Use of Questions in Teaching
Meredith D. Gall
Review of Educational Research, Vol. 40, No. 5 (Dec., 1970) , pp. 707-721

The Use of Inquiry in the Social Studies Classroom

The site below provides a research-based rationale for the use of inquiry in the social studies classroom. In addition, it provides excellent examples of strategies that encourage higher order thinking by students. For example:

The site also includes numerous references to other sites and to hard copy publications.

Using Historic Research and Interpretation Skills
in the Social Studies Classroom

The site below was developed by the Lawrence University History Department for its undergraduates has significance for both high school students and professional historians. High school students will find the following sections particularly useful:

Professor Rael's guide includes sound advice on how to go about historical research, but only in general terms and as part of a larger discussion of the skills undergraduates need for all phases of studying history. A number of sites take a more closely focused approach, teaching the basic steps of doing historical research. Two, which were created in connection with college courses on historical methods, stand out as noteworthy examples of how to do so through the use of case studies: