Ch 55: TExES Core Subjects 4-8: Foundations of Social Studies

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This chapter on the foundations of social studies is designed to help you prepare for related questions on the TExES Core Subjects 4-8 exam. Discover how to find, use, and authenticate various sources.

TExES Core Subjects 4-8: Foundations of Social Studies - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will explore social studies topics that you'll likely encounter during the TExES Core Subjects 4-8 exam. This study guide presents social studies concepts that include:

  • Historical research methods
  • Writing research questions
  • Resources in historical research
  • Diverse perspectives in history
  • Evaluating validity of sources
  • Interpreting visual representations
  • Types of maps

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7 Lessons in Chapter 55: TExES Core Subjects 4-8: Foundations of Social Studies
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What is Historical Research? - Definition, Method & Steps

1. What is Historical Research? - Definition, Method & Steps

Doing historical research isn't as simple as solving a math problem. Instead, it requires just the right approach, or else you are likely to find a wrong answer. This lesson explains some common pitfalls, as well as the steps required to do good research.

Writing Research Questions: Purpose & Examples

2. Writing Research Questions: Purpose & Examples

What is a research question, and why is it important to get it right? This lesson will explore one way to write a research question, which guides a researcher in designing his or her experiment.

Primary vs. Secondary Resources in Historical Research

3. Primary vs. Secondary Resources in Historical Research

Good history and good cooking can both be ruined by not using the proper ingredients. This lesson explains why that is true while describing the roles of primary and secondary sources.

Evaluating Major Historical Issues & Events From Diverse Perspectives

4. 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.

Evaluating the Validity of Historical Documents & Narratives

5. Evaluating the Validity of Historical Documents & Narratives

Historians have to analyze a great deal of data in order to find out what sources are worthwhile. However, many sources may not be valid. This lesson explains how historians are able to find out which sources are worth their attention.

How to Interpret Visual Representations of Historical Data

6. How to Interpret Visual Representations of Historical Data

Think that historians only rely on dense textbooks full of nothing but words, dates, and more words? Think again. Historians actually use a variety of visual representations, ranging from images that they create to visuals that are sources themselves.

Types of Maps: Population, Topographic, Weather, Political & World Maps

7. Types of Maps: Population, Topographic, Weather, Political & World Maps

This lesson will explain the different types of maps used to interpret and study our world. In doing this, it will focus on maps that deal in elevation, population, weather patterns and more.

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