Historical Inquiry: 20+ Creative Ways History Teachers Can use Primary Sources

Every Classroom Matters Episode 201

Historical inquiry helps make history class exciting. History teachers can use primary sources in creative, exciting ways to make history come alive. Many people in history might be dead, but your teaching doesn’t have to be. Let’s dive in. What is historical inquiry? How can it be used to teach history? How can you use technology, creativity, and exciting projects to teach history? Here’s how.

Now that primary sources like newspaper articles, photographs, and books are available online, history teachers have new, creative ways of teaching. Dr. James Beeghley (Jim to his friends) is an expert in historical inquiry and the creative use of primary sources. This will be a show you’ll want to email to your history teacher friends. To help you find the resources, I’ve included the links in the resources section of this post.

Essential Questions: Historical Inquiry

  • What is historical inquiry?
  • 20+ ideas for teaching with primary sources
  • How to use creativity and art with primary sources. (I love the idea of coloring historical photos.)
  • How to help students view history as not a bunch of old “dead guys” or literature.
A note about Jim: In addition to being a leader in the use of primary sources in historical inquiry, Jim also is an excellent webmaster. In fact, he’s MY new webmaster! Jim has sped up my blog and helped me stabilize the blog because of all the traffic! Jim has helped many educators with their blog setup and configuration. I’m glad to call him a friend and the newest member of the Cool Cat Teacher team. Teachers like Jim Beeghley make me a better teacher. –Vicki  

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Resources for Historical Inquiry and Primary Sources

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