How To Learn History In A Hurry

Read More

We coach history teachers who use the Four Question Method for unit planning to start by defining the “story of the unit:” decide what actual content you will include in the unit, and in what order. (If the 4QM were reduced to a bumper sticker it would say, “Story First!”) But this imperative poses a… Read more »

Read More

“Those Were Different Times”

Read More

“Ridin’ in a Stutz Bearcat, Jim Those were different times” -“Sweet Jane” by Lou Reed The public reaction to the death of President George Herbert Walker Bush two weeks ago got me thinking about the phrase, “those were different times.” Bush 41 was the last of his generation to serve as president. He was a… Read more »

Read More

The High Stakes Of Getting The Question Right

Read More

Ms. R came to me with a problem. She teaches Social Studies in an alternative program at my school. Her students are an extraordinarily diverse group, but all have this in common: they’ve traveled a complicated road to get to her program. At the end of a unit on the American Civil War, Ms. R… Read more »

Read More

4QM Featured in “The American Historian”

Read More

The November 2018 edition of The American Historian, a publication of the Organization of American Historians, features an article titled “What’s The Question? Naming and Teaching Thinking Skills in Secondary History Classrooms.” Normally you’d have to be an OAH member to access it, but because you are on our blog page you can read it here!

Read More

The “MAIN” Causes of WWI Aren’t

Read More

Many world history teachers are familiar with a handy acronym for teaching the causes of World War One: “MAIN.” Its letters stand for Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism, Nationalism. But unfortunately for history teachers and students, the MAIN causes of World War One really aren’t: none of those things actually caused the war. We can demonstrate this… Read more »

Read More

At our 4QM workshops, we coach teachers on unit planning. We tell them that the first decision they need to make is about what unit story they want to tell. Then we show them our technique for making that decision in a way that allows teachers to plan coherently and students to have lots of… Read more »

Read More

What Were The Anti-Federalists Thinking?

Read More

The federalist/anti-federalist debate is a great opportunity to study Question Two of the Four Question Method: “What were they thinking?” Good students (and teachers) of American history know that the anti-federalists opposed the ratification of the constitution. But good students (and teachers) of American history also want to know why the anti-federalists opposed the constitution.… Read more »

Read More

Stay Up to Date

Like what you've read so far? Never miss a post. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to get updates, workshop dates and more.

Sign Up