"Teaching sophisticated historical reasoning one step at a time."

Research Paper Steps

Step 1: Topic Description and Dev. of Historical Question
Template & Teaching Guide

Step 2: Finding and Evaluating Sources
Template & Teaching Guide

Step 3: Note Cards
Template & Teaching Guide

Step 4: Establishing Claims
Template & Teaching Guide

Step 5: Draft Outline with Thesis
Template & Teaching Guide

Step 6: Rough Draft
Template

Step 7: Final Paper
Template

Historical Thinker is a group dedicated to promoting the teaching of historical logic and skills.  Chief among our goals is to provide resources that make writing sophisticated research papers in history easier.  We are working on the development of a comprehensive student workbook that details the process of writing a research paper from start to finish.  Students complete detailed  templates for each step in the process.  On the left, you will find downloadable samples of these templates along with teaching guides that will give you a sense of what the workbook will elaborate on. 

You will also find a PowerPoint presentation, delivered at the 126th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in January of 2012, which covers the basic philosophy and steps  of our approach to writing research papers in history.

If you are interested in receiving updates on the future availability of blank templates, the workbook, and how you might be able to incorporate historical logic and skills into your curriculum, please send us an email at historicalthinker@gmail.com or subscribe to our twitter feed by clicking the link below.

Thanks for visiting and please check back often for updates.

John Schmidt and Jeff Treppa
Homewood-Flossmoor High School