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Share Your Best Practices in Our Think Like a Historian Contest!

Join the discussion for a chance to win.

Ryan Diyommo | January 11, 2016

Editor's Note: This contest refers to Graphite, the former name of this website.

People often assume social studies teachers simply help students memorize dates and events. But what they really do is teach students how to think critically about the world around them. They help students learn how to analyze sources and text, contextualize events in time and place, look for the story that's not there, ask questions, and much more. In short, social studies teachers help students learn to think like a historian.

To honor the meaningful contributions social studies teachers make to students everyday, we're launching our three-week Think Like a Historian contest for all Graphite registered users. All users are eligible to participate, no matter which subject they teach. All contest participants with entries that meet the criteria (see below) will be entered into a raffle to win one of five $50 Amazon gift cards. It's easy to get involved -- there are just three easy steps.

What You Need to Do

  1. Sign in, or sign up for a free account on Graphite.
  2. Visit our What's New in Social Studies page.
  3. Post a thoughtful response to one of the three discussion questions on the What's New in Social Studies page no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on January 29, 2016.

What Do We Mean by a Thoughtful Response?

  • Your answer should be at least two to three sentences long.
  • Your answer must include at least one concrete example to illustrate your teaching approach or strategy.

Contest Dates

  • Begins January 11, 2016, at 6 a.m Pacific Standard Time.
  • Ends January 29, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
  • Winners will be announced February 10, 2016, on the Common Sense Graphite Twitter handle.

Official Rules