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The Take a Stand! series teaches students how to be historians. They learn not what to think or memorize, but how to analyze the events of the past. This unique approach makes the student an active participation in the analysis of the past. This is the best of critical thinking, Socratic discussion, and analytical writing in history. The Take a Stand! series is not a set of textbooks, but rather thinking, reading, speaking, and writing guides. Take a Stand! shows the student how to be a historian. You will need to use history texts and documents to complete the Take a Stand! method.
For junior high students, there are three Take A Stand! guides:
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High school students also have guides for three courses available:
- Modern World History – opens with a review of western political thought then covers the “Age of Revolution” from the 1600s through the Cold War
- Modern American History – covers Reconstruction then selected topics up through “Nixon and Watergate” and “Technology as a Cause for Change” <–THIS IS THE FREEBIE!!
- American Democracy and Economics – a classical approach to government and economics
History Content Included:
One reason why I think the Classical Historian approach works so well is that when students read and research with the questions in mind, they pay much closer attention than when reading simply to cover the material. When they have to analyze information, thinking about cause and effect and relative importance, they have moved to a much deeper level of thinking. Discussing their research and ideas with others forces them to think logically and critically. ~ Cathy Duffy (Read her review here!)
This award-winning curriculum teaches your students the following thinking and writing skills: