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Social Studies for Middle School Students - U.S. History - An Ongoing Class

Social Studies

So you want to be a historian? - A Lesson in How To Think Like A Historian

In this one time class, students will discover what skills are needed to be a historian and bundles student expectations that relate to the critical thinking skills associated with historical inquiry.
Krystal Teale
4 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 5 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
60 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
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Class Experience

This class bundles student expectations that relate to the critical thinking skills associated with historical inquiry. A rigorous study of history requires that students employ strategies for the close reading of historical sources, both primary and secondary.  Mastery of the skills used by historians is necessary for students to become resourceful consumers of information readily and abundantly available in twenty-first century society.

In 2016 the Stanford History Education Group analyzed over 7,804 student responses to a series of exercises related to examining information on the internet.  The researchers found that students in middle school, high school, and college lacked the ability to reason about information. Students were unable to distinguish ads from new stories, corroborate information, evaluate claims, or judge the reliability of a source. These findings substantiate the importance of the critical thinking skills students practice in this course and continue to develop throughout future history courses. During this class students receive direct instruction and practice in the social studies critical thinking skills.
Hello and welcome to our historical journey! I am Krystal and I am excited for the opportunity to open the fascinating world of history for your child.
I earned my masters in history from American Public University in 2018 and have been teaching US History at the high school level for six years. With a passion for the past and a love of learning, I greatly enjoy sharing the history of our nation with my kids to help them to develop a better understanding of what came before as a means of developing a better future. As a historian myself, I employ much of the content that this course covers in my own journey for historical knowledge and in getting my students to think like historians. 
Students will complete the Evaluating Sources handout to demonstrate understanding of the concepts.
 2 files available upon enrollment
I will provide students with a copy of an evaluating sources worksheet that we will use to answer the following overarching questions: What type of information does an historian gather when sourcing a document? Why is it important for an historian to consider the historical context of when a document was produced? What factors influence the point-of-view of an author of a document/source?.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students will be assessed based on discussion as well as their answers to the handout. 
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.


Krystal TealeUS History Teacher
4 total reviews
7 completed classes

About Me

I’m a teacher of US History & Government and I have a passion for helping young people develop a love of history.  I have a masters degree in history and have taught the content for 6 years.  I believe that learning history can help develop better... 
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