Free - Historical Thinking Task Cards for Social Studies Skill of Purpose

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7th - 12th
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8 pages


These are 15 Task Cards to encourage Historical Thinking skills and Critical Thinking skills in your classroom. These task cards work with the historical thinking or reasoning skills of Purpose. There are 15 cards for this skill and they are differentiated into three levels. Therefore, the Level "A" cards can be used with middle school students, and the Level "B" and "C" cards can be used in high school classes. You can even use them to differentiate within the classroom among students of different ability levels.

This might be my most favorite resource ever! I've devised a solution for Social Studies teachers who are struggling to have their students dive deeply into primary and secondary sources. These task cards give you a multitude of different lesson possibilities - just add a primary or secondary source, and you're set! These work for any History class - U.S. History or World History.

If you like these, check out my full set Historical Thinking Task Cards for Social Studies Primary and Secondary Sources

15 Historical task cards (4 per. page) PDF
List of all questions on (one skill per page) to help you to pick questions to use with students.
List of 7 ways to use these task cards with students

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