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January 2, 2017

Assessing Colonialism: Part II, Using Images

My interest in assessing colonialism involves the content as much as the process.  In the photograph assessment, which I am currently grading, I want students to address the racism inherent in both colonialism itself and how it is presented in textbooks.  The assignment, however, raises as many issues as it closes.  I am finding it much […]


December 5, 2016

Assessing Colonialism: Part I, the Process

Last Spring I piloted an assessment of  student understanding of the “new” Imperialism in regular level World History classes with eleventh graders.  Students created google slides centered on photos of imperialism.  Students interpreted the photos and analyzed causation, with three slides–before, during, and after–for each photo.  I modified a History Alive! World Connections lesson, and students used History […]

Assessment,History,Uncovering History

June 9, 2015

DBQs for everyone

In a decade of teaching AP History, first Euro and now World, I have developed an appreciation for the Document-based question.  Students will ultimately forget many of the historical facts that we cover in AP History. The skills developed practicing and writing DBQ should be much more durable and transferable, because students practice in my […]

Assessment,Uncovering History

September 1, 2014

New Year, New Rubric

Just in time for the 2014-15 school year I’m rolling out Rubric 2.0: Historical Thinking.  In collaboration with colleagues in my school distict and in my twitter-based PLN, I plan to do action research with this rubric this year.  Three of the five lines are the same from last year’s Rubric 1.2: Writing with Evidence.  Adding “Corroboration” […]

Assessment,History,Uncovering History

July 2, 2014

Investigating the Montgomery Bus Boycott

In May shortly after returning to the classroom from covering a maternity leave elsewhere in the building. I facilitated student inquiry into the Montgomery Bus Boycott using SHEG’s activity  I had been out when the trimester began and had not taught US History earlier this year.  So, the students were all new to me, and it was […]

Assessment,History,Uncovering History

May 1, 2014

How to Assess Historical Thinking

Contribution to April’s History Blog Circle: Historical thinking is important, but it’s hard, even “unnatural”.   Likewise, assessing historical thinking is daunting, but very necessary.  Both doing and assessing historical thinking require practice.  Lots of it.  This practice is worthwhile because reading and writing like historians are skills that students will use in college, career, and civic […]