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"Here are the primary reasons why I think the Take A Stand! approach works so well. 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."
From Adam and Missy Andrews, Center for Literature:
"Adam and Missy Andrews have long been searching for effective history curriculum materials with little success. They are happy to report that the search is over! In 2012, they discovered The Classical Historian, a Socratic method for teaching history that shares many of the same principles advocated in Teaching the Classics.
Like Teaching the Classics, the Classical Historian is a method for analysis that students can apply to any historical period. With a goal of teaching students to think historically, the Classical Historian shows teachers how to discuss a series of open-ended discussion questions about specific historical events. In answering these questions, students learn a step-by-step process for evaluating evidence, arranging historical data, developing arguments and writing effective essays.
The Classical Historian supplies reading guides, primary sources, textbooks and research and discussion questions for five specific periods: ancient, medieval, early American, modern world, and modern American history. Parents will find age-appropriate materials for students in grades 3 and up, with complete year-long courses for grades 6-12.
If you are searching for a Teaching the Classics style approach to history, look no further."
Primary Sources Online
To access all primary sources needed for the Ancient Civilizations Curriculum, click HERE.
How Does This Curriculum Work and How is it Unique?
The Classical Historian teaches students to think independently, make decisions, read, write, and speak effectively, AND learn history. The Classical Historian uses a Five Step Method:
1. Students Learn the Tools of the HIstorian.
2. Students are Challenged with Open-Ended Questions.
3. Students Research in a Variety of Secondary and Primary Sources.
4. Students Engage in a Socratic Discussion.
5. Students Write an Analytical Essay.
For more specifics, click on our Mission and Methods Page.