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2nd Edition

Building Students' Historical Literacies
Learning to Read and Reason with Historical Texts and Evidence

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ISBN 9781032014050
February 18, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
288 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

How can teachers incorporate the richness of historical resources into classrooms in ways that are true to the discipline of history and are pedagogically sound?  Now in its second edition, this book explores the notion of historical literacy, adopts a research-supported stance on literacy processes, and promotes the integration of content-area literacy instruction into history content teaching. Providing an original focus on the discipline-specific literacies of historical inquiry, the new edition presents a deeper examination of difficult histories and offers new strategies that can be applied to all genres of historical inquiry. Nokes surveys a broad range of texts, including those that historians and non-historians both use and produce in understanding history; and includes a wide variety of practical instructional strategies immediately available to teachers. Featuring new examples and practical resources, the new edition highlights the connection between historical literacies and the critical reading and communication skills that are necessary for informed civic engagement.

Equipped with study guides, graphic organizers, and scoring guides for classroom use, this text is an essential resource for pre-service and practicing teachers in literacy and social studies education.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Tina Haefner


Part I Exploring the Critical Literacies used in Historical Inquiry

Chapter 1 Why Teach Historical Literacies: Evaluating the Source and Context of this Book

Chapter 2 Building Historical Literacies: A New Purpose for History Teaching

Chapter 3 Defining Historical Literacies: What and How do Historians Read and Write?

Chapter 4 Teaching Historical Literacies: Supporting Students as Active Readers and Writers

Chapter 5 What is History? Establishing the Need for Historical Literacies in Historical Inquiry

Chapter 6 Expanding Historical Literacies: Critical Reading Many Genres of Evidence

Part II Strategies, Habits of Mind, Concepts, and Texts

Chapter 7 Using Critical Reading Strategies with Primary Sources

Chapter 8 Helping Students Make Inferences with Artifacts

Chapter 9 Teaching Historical Concepts with Visual Texts

Chapter 10 Seeing Others’ Perspectives through Historical Fiction

Chapter 11 Fostering Healthy Skepticism Using Textbooks and Secondary Sources

Chapter 12 Exploring Historical Complexity with Audio and Video Texts

Chapter 13 Building an Argument with Historical Numbers

Chapter 14 Finding Patterns and Overcoming Barriers in Teaching through Inquiry


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Jeffery D. Nokes is a professor in the History Department at Brigham Young University, where he directs the history teaching and social science teaching programs.