12" x 17" posters

Historical Thinking Posters

A set of six 12 x 17" posters illustrating the Historical Thinking Concepts is available in English and in French.  For more information on how to order, please refer to the order form.

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The historical thinking concepts developed and promoted by The Historical Thinking Project have been incorporated into curricula, classroom resources, and professional development tools. In the Menu to the right you will find resources organized by type. They include:

       Assessment - This includes articles about the assessment of historical thinking, and various assessment tools.

       Classroom Materials  - This includes teacher’s resource guides, historical thinking lessons developed by other organizations (usually in collaboration with us), and links to websites that contain historical thinking lessons. And don’t forget that if you click on the tab “Lessons” above, you will be taken to our own bank of lessons, developed specifically by teachers involved in Historical Thinking Project pilots.

       Curriculum Documents - These government documents outline what should be taught in history and social science courses across the country.

       PPTs - This includes PowerPoint presentations by members of The Historical Thinking Project, educators working with historical thinking in their classrooms, or lectures and/or presentations given at Historical Thinking events.

       Professional Development - This includes PD resources to assist you in incorporating historical thinking into your classroom.

       Textbooks - This includes links to school textbooks that incorporate historical thinking into text materials and/or activities.      


Use of Materials/Copyright
We encourage the use of resources, lessons, and information from our site, but we ask that you credit The Historical Thinking Project for the ideas and materials, by listing our name and our website URL (www.historicalthinking.ca). Fair use of resources does NOT include posting of HTP power points, videos, or other resources on other sites. Use a link to www.historicalthinking.ca instead.

We want historical thinking incorporated into curriculum, classrooms, and educational resources as widely as possible, so when you reference The Historical Thinking Project (www.historicalthinking.ca) you are helping us to achieve this goal.


What is a Benchmark?

<p>John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising &amp; Marketing History,<br />Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections</p>

A surveyor cut a "benchmark" into a stone or a wall when measuring the altitude and/or level of a tract of land. A bracket called a "bench" was secured in the cut to mount the surveying equipment, and all subsequent measurements were made in reference to the position and height of that mark.

The term "benchmark" was first used around 1842 to refer to a standard of quality by which achievement may be measured.

The foundation documents available through the Benchmarks site attempt to help teachers establish standards for assessing student learning of the modes of thought that constitute historical thinking.

John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History,
Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections