Teaching History: A Journal of Methods

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

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 1, Spring

56/50: American Documentaries of the Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence of 1956
The fiftieth anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution received worldwide attention: Over 100 conferences were held and more than two dozen scholarly publications appeared in English. In the modern world of digital media, it is hardly surprising that...
A Teaching Note: Incorporating Popular Culture into a History Classroom
Many historians, whether teaching in the schools or at the college level, moan when the ubiquitous popular culture begins to intrude into every aspect of our lives, including the classroom, making all of us somewhat unwilling participants in a version...
A Teaching Note: Using Games to Bring a Classroom to Life
For decades teachers across the United States have used games as instructional tools. Games provide many benefits to the learning experience. Well-structured gaming lessons increase student immersion into the content, create powerful visual memories...
Beating the Odds: Social Studies Education in Inner-City Detroit
Introduction Despite the worsening financial crisis in the Detroit Public Schools, Cass Technical High School continues to be one of the highest achieving high schools in the state of Michigan. On social studies assessments, Cass students score...
"Eddie and Us," or Reflections on a Class Project to Commemorate a Fallen Soldier of the Great War
In September 2006, I challenged the members of my senior seminar class at the University of Western Ontario to research the life of a student from their school who fought and died in World War I. For the students, what began as a straightforward class...
Teaching with Online Primary Sources: Documents from the National Archives: DocsTeach.gov from the National Archives
Over the last 20 years, digital scanning technology and the Internet have combined to provide educators with access to a huge volume of primary source material. The National Archives' Archival Research Catalog (ARC) alone contains over 150,000 digital...
Using Student Response Systems (Clickers) in the History Classroom
Teaching United States history surveys as part of the core curriculum requires college-level historians to ask themselves many questions. What information should we leave in or pull out? Should we emphasize content or process? How can we engage students...