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Learning California History: Essential Skills for the Survey Course and Beyond

ISBN: 978-0-88295-945-0
132 pages
September 1998, ©1999, Wiley-Blackwell
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The first of its kind, Learning California History is a dynamic workbook designed to complement any of the standard California history textbooks currently available.

Much more than supplementary reading, this innovative teaching and student assessment tool introduces students to basic social science research methods, using carefully designed exercises and historical documents to enhance the reading, research, and writing skills of students of all levels.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

A Note to Instructors: Students Welcome! Xi

Chapter 1: Writing California History: A History 1

Chapter 2: Teaching California History 7

Exercise 10

Chapter 3: Thinking Critically 17

Exercises 21

Chapter 4: Constructing Context 33

Exercise 36

Chapter 5: Evaluating Evidence 47

Exercise 52

Chapter 6: Interpreting Evidence 67

Exercises 72

Chapter 7: Locating and Assessing Sources 85

Exercises 88

Chapter 8 Writing California History: Your Turn 117

Exercises 122

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Author Information

Gordon Morris Bakken  is Professor of History at California State University-Fullerton, Past President of Phi Alpha Theta, the National Society in History, Parliamentarian of the Organization of American Historians, founding Vice-President and Director of the California Supreme Court Historical Society, editor of The University of Oklahoma Press’s The Legal History of North America Series, and the author of six books and numerous articles and encyclopedia entries.

Brenda Farrington has taught American and California history for over ten years, working closely with students and professors to enhance writing, research, and study skills. She teaches at Santa Ana College and recently created the text bank and study guide for the fifth edition of Andrew Rolle’s California: A History. She is the author of numerous articles and encyclopedia entries on subjects as diverse as Sputnik I and the California Supreme Court under Chief Justice Rose Bird.

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