Pauli Murray and the Challenges of Historical Empathy: A Holistic Approach to Assessing Historical Thinking

Peter Lapre
10th Grade Global History and 12th Grade Government and Economics Teacher
New York, New York

We have a tendency to assess students' historical thinking skills in decontextualized ways that can distort the sense of what it means to "do history." Instead, we should assess students' abilities in more holistic and authentic moments. This talk walks through a lesson about the life of Pauli Murray that attempts to do just that by asking students to grapple with a big question germane to the field of history and reveals design principles that can guide the creation of similar assessments in your classroom. Note: The link to the Pauli Murray lesson will be posted here once it's released.