Historical Thinking Chart & Worksheet

Dr. Shelley Rose

Historical Thinking Worksheet


  1. Is this a primary or secondary source?
  2. What is your source or document? (format- letter, painting, object, etc.)
  3. What is the title?
  4. Who is the author/creator?
  5. Where and when was it created?
  6. Give the Chicago Style Citation for this source
  7.  Is it reliable?


8. How would you contextualize the source?


9. What other documents would you need to understand this source better or confirm its accuracy?

10. What do these other documents say?

Close Reading

11. What claims does the author make?

12. What evidence does he or she use to support these claims?

PDF of the Historical Thinking Worksheet

Historical Thinking Worksheet

Stanford History Education Group: Historical Thinking Chart

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