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"Thinking Like a Historian: Rethinking History Instruction" by Nikki Mandell and Bobbie Malone is a teaching and learning framework that explains the essential elements of history and provides "how to" examples for building historical literacy in classrooms at all grade levels. With practical examples, engaging and effective lessons, and classroom activities that tie to essential questions, "Thinking Like a Historian" provides a framework to enhance and improve teaching and learning history. We invite you to use "Thinking Like a Historian" to bring history into your classroom or to re-energize your teaching of this crucial discipline in new ways.
Nikki Mandell earned her PHD in history at the University of California-Davis. She is a member of the history department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she teaches American and global women's history, U.S. business history, U.S. social history, and courses in historical methods and research. Dr. Mandell is co-chair of her university's Social Studies Council. She served as project director and participating historian in the Teaching American History program that developed and field-tested the Thinking Like a Historian framework.
Bobbie Malone is Director of the Office of School Services at the Wisconsin Historical Society. With a master's degree in elementary education, she taught school for ten years in Louisiana and Texas before taking a doctorate in American History from Tulane University. Dr. Malone is the co-author of the Wisconsin history textbook, Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story, which is designed around the Thinking Like a Historian framework. She has authored and edited many other student books and teacher's guides on Wisconsin history for the state's classrooms. She served as a project partner in the Teaching American History program that developed and field-tested the Thinking Like a Historian framework.