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Ch 46: WEST History: Understanding & Using History

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Let us help you understand various social studies concepts and how to apply research and critical thinking skills in this subject. You will need to be familiar with this information when taking the Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST) History exam.

WEST History: Understanding & Using History - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter are designed to provide an overview of historical theories, the use of historical information and various characteristics important to learning and teaching this subject. You will have the opportunity to learn about relevant term definitions, historical study practices and effective speaking habits. This type of review can result in your demonstrating the following, as well as being prepared to answer questions found on the WEST History exam:

  • Understanding the use of tools, such as maps and calendars, to organize historical facts
  • Using historical source information
  • Interpreting historical events
  • Studying diverse historical perspectives
  • Discussing matters of public concern
  • Applying decision making processes
  • Identifying facts about persuasive speaking and how to use it
  • Defining conflict and negotiation processes

Brief videos use simple narrative text and illustrated examples to review this material. Multiple choice quizzes at the end of the lessons provide opportunities to practice answering questions in the same format you will find on the actual WEST History exam.

WEST History: Understanding & Using History - Chapter Objectives

The WEST History exam is used to measure your understanding of social studies concepts as well as U.S. and world history facts. The Understanding & Using History chapter covers the material you will need to know to answer questions about social studies concepts on the exam. You will go over social studies terms, research concepts, source uses and historical interpretation. The entire third domain of the History exam addresses these topics. This domain, Social Studies Concepts and Skills, makes up 28% of the total exam score. The WEST History exam is computer-based and requires the completion of 110 multiple choice questions.

The WEST History exam is one of nearly 30 endorsement exams administered by the state of Washington. WEST certification exams are used to assess the knowledge of new and existing teachers in basic concepts and specific content areas. Endorsements can be added to new or current teaching certificates. A score of 240 is needed to pass a WEST endorsement exam.

10 Lessons in Chapter 46: WEST History: Understanding & Using History
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Organizing History with Calendars, Maps & Periodization

1. Organizing History with Calendars, Maps & Periodization

While historians may not have fancy labs to help make sense of their work, this does not mean that they are without specialized tools. This lesson discusses three of those tools, namely calendars, maps and periodization.

Primary vs. Secondary Resources in Historical Research

2. 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.

How Historical Theories Affect Interpretations of the Past

3. 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

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.

How to Discuss Matters of Public Concern

5. How to Discuss Matters of Public Concern

In this lesson, learn about ways to discuss matters of public concerns. As members of a constitutional republic where government units can range from local school boards to the halls of Congress, understanding how to discuss important political issues is vital to our country.

Making Reasonable & Informed Decisions on Public Issues

6. Making Reasonable & Informed Decisions on Public Issues

This lesson will help you learn how citizens in a democracy can make the the best decisions on public issues. We will cover where to look for information and how to make a decision based on facts.

Persuasive Speaking: Purpose and Types

7. Persuasive Speaking: Purpose and Types

Persuasive writing is all about influencing people by using credibility, logic and emotion; and this can be achieved in a few ways. The speaker may want to assert a fact, a value or even a policy.

Be an Audience-Centered Speaker: Focusing on Listeners' Needs

8. Be an Audience-Centered Speaker: Focusing on Listeners' Needs

The best way a speaker can ensure that his message is communicated effectively is to consider his audience and their biases and beliefs. Getting to know and understand the audience will help to create a speech that carries meaning.

What is the Conflict Process? - Definition and Stages

9. What is the Conflict Process? - Definition and Stages

The conflict process deals with five steps that help alleviate disagreement, problems or fighting within organizations. The five steps are potential opposition or incompatibility, cognition and personalization, intentions, behavior and outcomes.

What is Negotiation? - The Five Steps of the Negotiation Process

10. What is Negotiation? - The Five Steps of the Negotiation Process

Companies have to negotiate in numerous areas of organizational conflict. Negotiation is an open process for two parties to find an acceptable solution to a complicated conflict. There are five steps to the negotiation process.

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