Building Students' Historical Literacies: Learning to Read and Reason with Historical Texts and Evidence
Jeffery Nokes
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Nokes gets beyond what he calls "historian heuristics" (sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading) to look at other forms of historical thinking including periodization and a proper mindset. He also addresses a range of sources, including artifacts, data, music, and monuments as well as the more traditional images and written documents. Each chapter has the same set-up: a vignette where too-clever students engage in a sample lesson, a discussion of the historical skill that lesson addresses, an analysis of the scaffolding and other considerations for working with a specific source type, and suggestions for how students can create their own version of this source. I straight-up copied one of his lessons, but the real wealth in this book is that these templates and considerations are really easy to re-fit to your classroom, topics, and students. I think that this work fines the line between Wineburg's more theoretical work and Bruce Lesh's so-practical-it's-hard-to-see-the-big-picture (but still awesome) book. I also appreciate how Nokes draws on literacy research to discuss the "literacy" side of "historical literacy."

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