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21. Module 3 continued.

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That brings us to the end of Module 3. You should now have a few ideas about how you could use historical documents in your teaching. Although written documents may not be as immediately engaging as an image or object, they can still capture your students’ imaginations and help to immerse them in the past. Getting your students to become history detectives and decipher historical handwriting can be great fun as long as you break down the tasks into manageable chunks. Using ‘layers of inference diagrams’ can help them dig deeper into a document and read between the lines to work out what it’s really trying to say. Finally, ‘Y-notes’ graphic organisers can be really useful for source comparison tasks. In the next module you’ll reflect on the different strategies, techniques and approaches you’ve encountered in this course and then create an action plan that you can take away with you to enable you to start using these things in your own teaching.