Teaching Teaching Students Chronology: Strategies to Help Students Develop a Chronological Framework

AHA Session 3
Friday, January 2, 2015: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Sutton Center (New York Hilton, Second Floor)
Allison Thurber, College Board
Some Simple Strategies on Historical Causation
Patricia McGloine, Princess Anne High School (Virginia)
Periodizing the “Long Nineteenth Century” in the AP World History Survey
Erik Vincent, Holy Innocentsí Episcopal School (Georgia)

Session Abstract

Creating a chronological framework for understanding historical events and processes is challenging even the most able students. Three experienced AP history teachers will demonstrate teaching strategies to help students learn how to think chronologically, focusing on developing proficiency with three specific historical thinking skills: historical causation, patterns of continuity and change over time, and periodization. Patricia McGloine will model strategies for teaching causation using World War I as an example. Geri Hastings will discuss effective ways to use the African-American Leaders Colloquium as a prototype for student-centered teaching focusing on change and continuity over time. Finally, Erik Vincent will demonstrate different approaches to helping students periodize the “long nineteenth-century” in world history.

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