A Lesson Plan on Historical Disciplines and the Division of Labor within Them

Here is a lesson plan on the division of labor within academic historical disciplines. I start this lesson off with this context clues worksheet on the adjective scarce. If the lesson goes into a second day on account of classroom conditions, I keep this Cultural Literacy worksheet on the concept of class struggle nearby. As I think about it, I think I made a point of either teaching this with the lesson, or perhaps assigning it as independent practice (i.e. homework). This scaffolded worksheet is at the center of the unit; here is the teacher’s copy of it to get you through the lesson with something resembling ease.

Incidentally, I wrote this lesson because there were, for the several years I taught the subject in New York City, a couple of questions at the beginning of the New York State Global Studies and Geography Regents Examinations on who might perform a specific task in a historical inquiry. I took this a step further because I wanted to build a literacy lesson as well as give students a preview of potential college areas of study and majors.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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