Teaching History: A Journal of Methods

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

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 2, Fall

Fighting the Battle of Crecy: The Role-Playing Simulation That Unlocks the Door between the Medieval and Modern Worlds
A few days after a role-play simulation in a sophomore-level British history class, a student approached me after class. She told me that when I had asked them to follow me out of the classroom for the simulation, she almost cried. As soon as the class...
Student Hearts and Minds: Teaching the Vietnam War with Documentary Film
"There is a power in film that just cannot be captured with words," wrote a student about a documentary on the Vietnam War, summing up the general sentiment of the class. Documentaries are invaluable tools for teaching the Vietnam War within an American...
Teaching Note: Prohibition for the Reluctant Learner
Teaching American history from primary sources can be challenging. Students often view historical documents with fear and rarely get excited over the prospect of delving into the historical record. Imagine the look on the faces of your students if...
Teaching with Online Primary Sources: Documents from the National Archives: "To Labour Diligently" Searching for Economic Independence in the Post-Civil War South
On December 30, 1865, landowner John Taylor and nine freedman signed a labor contract in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. Under the terms of this contract, Taylor agreed to pay the freedmen "one third (1/3) part of the entire crop made by them on his...
"We'll Be Right Back": Introducing Constructive "Breaks" into History Lectures
Europe." A History by Norman Davies appeared in 1996. (1) In addition to its substantial text (i.e., more than 1,200 pages including notes) and a massive appendix that includes more than 100 valuable maps, graphs, tables, charts, and lists, the book...