Ch 24: Historical Interpretations

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to review different approaches to interpreting historical works by watching video lessons about textual evidence, impact of historical theories on past interpretations and more. Take the short self-assessments to evaluate your progress.

Historical Interpretations - Chapter Summary

The video lessons in this chapter will help you polish up your knowledge of textual evidence, techniques for analyzing two texts that provide opposing arguments, methods to analyze the validity of an argument and other related topics. At the end of the lessons, multiple-choice assessments are provided so that you can evaluate yourself on the amount of information you've retained. The lessons included in this chapter are the ones noted above, as well as the following:

  • Differences between facts and informed opinions in nonfiction
  • Ways to recognize bias and stereotypes in writing
  • Impact of historical theories on past interpretations
  • Influence of diverse perspectives on evaluating historical issues

If you would like to get the main ideas of the lessons, review the lesson transcripts and take note of highlighted vocabulary words. You can also view the lessons as quick and engaging videos and take their corresponding self-assessments. The duration of each lesson is provided.

7 Lessons in Chapter 24: Historical Interpretations
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Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

1. Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

How do you know what to believe and what to doubt? Watch this video lesson to learn how to differentiate between facts, persuasion, and informed opinions.

Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works

2. Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works

In this lesson, we will define and learn how to recognize biases, assumptions and stereotypes in written works. We will also practice identifying these elements with a few writing samples.

How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

3. How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

In this lesson, we'll discuss how to analyze two texts that present opposing arguments. We'll examine arguments based on varying evidence and on varying assumptions.

How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

4. How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze an argument. We will pay close attention to the parts of an argument and the questions we must ask about each of those parts in order to determine the argument's effectiveness and validity.

How Historical Theories Affect Interpretations of the Past

5. How Historical Theories Affect Interpretations of the Past

Unlike scientists looking for a theory of everything, historians know that there are many different theories to explain the past. This lesson shows how different theories work together to help provide historians with the best view possible.

Evaluating Major Historical Issues & Events From Diverse Perspectives

6. Evaluating Major Historical Issues & Events From Diverse Perspectives

Ever watched a football game with someone who was cheering for the other team and disagreed on the validity of a call? Then you've encountered the same problem historians find with diverse perspectives.

Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

7. Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

In this lesson, we will explore informational texts. Along the way, we will discover a few tips to make reading this type of text easier, and we will pay special attention to textual evidence.

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