1st Edition

Making History Mine Meaningful Connections for Grades 5-9

By Sarah Cooper Copyright 2009

    Middle school history teachers confront the same challenge every day: how to convey the breadth and depth of a curriculum that spans centuries, countries, and cultures. In Making History Mine, Sarah Cooper shows teachers how to use thematic instruction to link skills to content knowledge. By combining thought-provoking activities and rich assessments, Sarah encourages teachers to challenge students to make history personal and relevant to their lives.

    Chapter 1: The Role of the Individual: Assessing Who Makes History; Chapter 2: How Opinions Become History: Analyzing Point of View; Chapter 3: Fighting Words: Examining Rhetoric, Reasoning, and the Role of Language in History; Chapter 4: A Broader View: Finding Patterns in the Past; Chapter 5: How Historians Think: Writing as a Way of Understanding; Chapter 6: Current Events: Connecting Past to Present; Chapter 7: The Power of Information: Igniting Passion Through Research; Chapter 8: Global Citizenship: Learning to Evaluate Ethics and Solve Problems; Epilogue


    Sarah Cooper has taught history and English at the middle and high school levels for the past ten years. Currently she teaches both subjects at Flintridge Preparatory School in California. Sarah, who is a frequent contributor to education publications, sees writing as a critical part of teaching both history and English.