Teaching History: A Journal of Methods

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

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 1, Spring

Adding Hollywood to the American History Survey
The Fog of War, Errol Mann, director, 2003. The New World, Terrence Malick, director, 2005. Apocalypto, Mel Gibson, director, 2007. The movie critic and the history teacher do not look for the same things in films. Dialogue, plot, and denouncement...
Integrating Basic Research into the U.S. History Survey
At my institution, like most others, we use the American survey both to refresh our students' knowledge of United States history and to hone their basic research, writing, and analytical skills. Until recently I, like most of my colleagues, used the...
Teaching with On-Line Primary Sources: Electronic Data Files from NARA: Hollywood Actors' Participation in World War II
Which famous country-western singer and movie start, first name Orvon, served with the U.S. Army Air Forces Transport Command during World War II? Which former child star and costar of the "Andy Hardy" series enlisted in 1944? (1) The answers to these...
The Role of Journal Writing in Teaching Women's History
Introduction As part of a new General Education Core Curriculum at Shenandoah University, the history department took advantage of the opportunity to propose innovative, freshman-level seminar classes with low enrollments. Recently our university...
Using "Influential Persons" to Teach World History
The questions start early in the first class of the semester, smacking of curiosity with some hints of "what's in this for me?" "What's the point of learning about the past?" "What connection do dead people have to me?" Questions such as these, whether...
Using Wargames in the Classroom to Teach Historical Thought
The brigade moved stealthily along the trees preparing to enter the broad span of pastoral fields that separated them from two entire corps of Union infantry. There was not too much to see as the artillery barrage had left the field almost entirely...