Teaching History: A Journal of Methods

Professional publication covering teaching ideas for history teachers at all levels.

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 1, Spring

Building Historical Imagination with Three Potatoes, Two Carrots, and One Onion
Cultivating historical imagination in undergraduate students is often a difficult task. The distance between their lives, generally lived in the last quarter century, and the ways in which people lived in the pre-World War II period can be enormous....
Early Bird Specials: Some Thoughts on Use of Class Time before Class Begins
Please read no further if you are a teacher who, for whatever reason, is rarely able to arrive in class early. But if, instead, you routinely appear at least five minutes before class begins--to set up materials, to be available to students with questions,...
In Memoriam: Howard Zinn: August 24, 1922-January 27, 2010
When I first came up with the idea of writing a book about the life and writings of Howard Zinn, I knew that writing a study of a living person could be problematic, and that at the very least I would need his cooperation, including interview time,...
J. Fred MacDonald. the History Shoppe
J. Fred MacDonald. The History Shoppe. http://www.thehistoryshoppe.com (accessed February 12, 2010). The question at the center of J. Fred MacDonald's e-book The History Shoppe is a familiar one for most history teachers. More often than not, students...
The Demise of Slavery in the District of Columbia, April 16, 1862
On Thursday, May 22, 1862, Margaret C. Barber of Washington, D.C. stood before the Board of Commissioners for the Emancipation of Slaves in the District of Columbia. She presented a claim to the Commission to be compensated by the Federal Government,...
Using Music to Enliven the American History Classroom: Looking at the Post-Civil War Years through the Life and Music of Henry Clay Work
In my early years in teaching during the mid 1990s, I became excited about the potential use of music in the classroom to enliven my teaching. I learned that popular culture was not only fertile ground for historical study but also an effective tool...
Working with Probate Inventories: A Class Assignment in Historical Methods
Introduction Probate inventories are listings of property that were sometimes taken upon an individual's death. A team of appraisers would tour the home and lands of the deceased, describing everything of value and assigning an estimated worth....