Grade: Senior

#4390. scienfic method

Social Studies, level: Senior
Posted Wed Apr 29 19:23:07 PDT 2009 by alexberant (alexberant).


This lesson is to create critical thinking by applying the scientific method to connect to two like events in US or world history.


Students will have to connect to related events in history by offering a reasonable and rational connection between two sequential components. For example connecting events such as the 3/5s compromise to the Civil War. This would be done by having the students hypothesize how these events paths are connected, the student following up this hypothesis by researching these events, engaging in connecting the two events and making a conclusion on their hypothesis.

Learning Resources and Materials

This lesson would likely be best applied towards a paper. However, the purpose of the paper is for the student to connect the two points using critical thinking, it is not a research heavy paper. Use of reference material will be needed however.

Development of Lesson

This lesson is based on the student ability to reason. This is an exercise to develop this reasoning by applying it to history and civil movements. So providing the student prior knowledge of the causal event could be effective in allowing the student to gain confidence in drawing a connection.

This lesson will be most effective as a paper written by the student. This exercise should be used to help the student gain confidence in their reasoning and understand cause-effect relationships.

The idea of the lesson could be lost if too much is expected of the student. It can be easy for this to turn into a research paper. Ensure that the student is thinking more then they are researching!


Students will be evaluated on their connection of the two events by using augments connecting the two events and application of intermediate events or conflicts for emphasis.

This is a good activity for the student to follow the scientific method process and applying it towards social movements and historical logic.