Using historical discourse to find narrative coherence in the GCSE period study

Teaching History article

Alex Ford, last updated: 1st October 2019

Visions of America

When planning a GCSE period study on the American West, Alex Ford wrestled with reconciling the content demands of the examination specifications with the need to provide his students with a memorable narrative. In this article, Ford shows how he drew on the latest academic scholarship to construct a rigorous, coherent narrative outlining the competing ‘visions’ in the West. This narrative coherence then underpinned his students’ sophisticated causal analyses...

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