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Chronological List of HATs

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Nope. Not a baseball cap. Not a visor. Not a bowler, beanie, beret, or bucket hat.


As in History Assessments of Thinking.

I know you’ve been over to both of the Stanford History Education Group’s sites – Reading Like a Historian as well as their Beyond the Bubble page. Both are incredibly powerful examples of what instruction and assessment can look like when we focus on historical thinking processes rather than just foundational knowledge.

At Reading Like a Historian, you can find lessons in both US and World history that support the use of evidence and literacy skills. Beyond the Bubble has a whole series of short, easy to deliver, and easy to measure assessments of historical thinking.

History Assessments of Thinking.


It’s okay if you’ve been using them without knowing what they were actually called. Cause they’re still awesome. But they’re arranged by the historical thinking skill they measure – Sourcing, Contextualization, Corroboration, Use of Evidence, and Background Knowledge, And so because they’re organized by skill rather than chronologically, it can be difficult to find just the right HAT that fits your instructional needs.

Until now.

The SHEG folks have created a list of all of their HATS chronologically in eight different time periods. How easy is that?

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Hat Fail

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HAT Awesome

So you early history folks?  You can quickly find a HAT measuring a student’s ability to contextualize and corroborate by using an early Quran written in Seville. Fifth grade US history? Easily track down that awesome assessment on the Virginia Company. High school world history? No problem finding a HAT on South African Apartheid.

So. No excuses. Head over and grab just what you need.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Reblogged this on MarsGaz.

    August 24, 2015
  2. Kacie Nadeau #

    Incorporating historical thinking skills into every assessment, formative or summative, has completely transformed the quality of instruction and student experience in my 5th grade social studies classroom. I have continued to tweak existing SHEG lessons into customized worksheets and activities to measure student ability. To asume that a 10 year old is incapable of historical thinking is preposterous. After a few months of some intellectual growing pains, my students are not only rising to the occasion, but developing their own queries of historical documents. Encouraging constant interaction with informational texts within a safe and stimulating environment fosters independent and critical thinking ripe for 21st century standards of learning.

    September 8, 2015
    • glennw #


      Preach it! Agree 100% that we can and should be asking all of our kids to think historically. Thanks for sharing – good luck as you promote active thinkers!


      September 8, 2015

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