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Evaluate Photographs for Historic Understanding
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May 15, 2019 2019-05-15

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Assessments for Evaluating Historical Thinking

The Olympics Protest is a new assessment from the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) that gauges whether students can identify the historical event depicted in an iconic photograph and evaluate its historical significance. Successful students will draw on their knowledge of the past to identify American track athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith raising their fists to protest racial injustice while on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics and then explain how the event was historically significant. SHEG also offers other assessments for evaluating historical significance; the alternative versions address the Greensboro Sit-Ins, Iwo Jima, Kent State, Little Rock, Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother, Nagasaki, and more. In addition to a photo prompt, the SHEG site provides a rubric for each assessment.

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