Using Visual and Written Primary Sources to Teach Critical Thinking

In this webinar Charles Hou discusses a variety of classroom exercises using visual primary sources.

Presentation by Charles Hou Governor General's History Awards Winner 1996 recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching

Posted April 6, 2016

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About this webinar

Advances in technology have revolutionized the way Social Studies is taught. We have moved from an emphasis on teaching historical content based on a textbook to teaching both content and historical skills using a variety of primary sources. Both teachers and students have much greater access to unprocessed sources than ever before, and we must do a better job of teaching critical thinking skills. In the course of this presentation Charles will discuss a variety of exercises using visual primary sources.

About the presenter

Charles Hou taught Social Studies, Law, History, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses at the junior high and high school level in Burnaby for 34 years. Over the years he has compiled several collections of primary sources and co-authored books on the Riel Rebellion and Canadian political cartoons. He also worked with a group of BC teachers to produce the Begbie Canadian History Contest, which ran for twenty years. Since the contest ended in 2013 he has reworked the Begbie Contest Society website to provide teachers with a database of primary sources on a wide variety of topics.

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