Questions for Historical Reasoning


Questions for Historical Reasoning


Questioning should follow historical reasoning skills. Using these skills when asking questions allows students to think critically, apply evidence, and argue, which are goals of thinking historically. Below are examples of questions that follow historical reasoning skills.

Causation

Purpose

What things led to or caused the historical event?

Example

Here are some examples of questions that follow the guidelines for historical reasoning. To help you see each element, the question words are colored in light blue, the historical knowledge skill is in orange, and the specific historical information is in navy blue.

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Change Over Time

Purpose

What was different as a result of this event or person?

Example

Here are some examples of questions that follow the guidelines for historical reasoning. To help you see each element, the question words are colored in light blue, the historical knowledge skill is in orange, and the specific historical information is in navy blue.

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Consequence

Purpose

What happened as a result of the historical event or person?

Example

Here are some examples of questions that follow the guidelines for historical reasoning. To help you see each element, the question words are colored in light blue, the historical knowledge skill is in orange, and the specific historical information is in navy blue.

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Continuity

Purpose

What continued unchanged or stayed the same?

Example

Here are some examples of questions that follow the guidelines for historical reasoning. To help you see each element, the question words are colored in light blue, the historical knowledge skill is in orange, and the specific historical information is in navy blue.

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Comparison

Purpose

How were two or more events similar and different?

Example

Here are some examples of questions that follow the guidelines for historical reasoning. To help you see each element, the question words are colored in light blue, the historical knowledge skill is in orange, and the specific historical information is in navy blue.

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Significance

Purpose

Why is it important?

Example

Here are some examples of questions that follow the guidelines for historical reasoning. To help you see each element, the question words are colored in light blue, the historical knowledge skill is in orange, and the specific historical information is in navy blue.

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