What Is History

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What Is History

  1. 1. Introduction to What is History? Historical Thinking
  2. 2. Essential Questions • How should we think about history? • As a student in grade 11, how is this going to help me? (or, why should I care?)
  3. 3. What is history? History is: • A series of accounts that must be interpreted, and assessed • Partial accounts constructed for a specific purpose • No account can present all that is known • All accounts are framed within a perspective
  4. 4. Distinguishing ‘history’ from ‘the past’ History is... • an account of past events • a constructed story based on evidence The past is... • all things that ever existed, all the words that were spoken, and all the deeds done
  5. 5. Distinguishing ‘history’ from ‘the past’ The Past History • The past consists of all things • History can account only for a that ever existed, all the words small sampling of the past that were spoken, and all the deeds done • History is a way to remember the past through an organized • The past is no longer here; it no story and analysis of evidence longer exists of past events • There’s no organized story to • History is influenced by a the past, only remnants that selection of aspects of the past have survived over time that are considered meaningful
  6. 6. Distinguishing ‘myth’ and ‘history’ • Myth is a story about the past, based on belief or faith • History is a story based on evidence • Both are stories about the past, but their purposes differ
  7. 7. Distinguishing ‘myth’ and ‘history’ History Myth • History is based on evidence • Myth is based on belief or faith • Can be challenged and • Can’t challenge or change a changed myth • We want it to be challenged • We don’t want to challenge or and revised change it

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