Historical Thinking Chart

Narrow down your questions about author perspective, historical context, and veracity of claims in a document with the help of a historical reading chart. Learners track the basics of the document along with advanced evaluation skills and literary analysis skills.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Laminate the chart for use in small reading groups or when discussing a historical document in class
  • Assign each section of the chart to members of small groups, who can report on their findings after reading the same document
  • Use the prompts section to craft research projects or to create theses for document-based writing
Pros

  • Advantageous for readers of any level when putting a document into context
  • A great way to focus critical reading for kids who need help seeing past the subject matter of a document
Cons

  • None