Comment on Historical Thinking Review by mrmorris


You might consider reviewing Buzzfeed Unsolved as a primary source / accurate source of information. Pseudoscientific discussion about the Bermuda Triangle might have corroborated anecdotal claims, but many of the ‘interviews’ conducted with ‘professionals’ are there for entertainment purposes only.

Again, please review this source of evidence thoroughly. This is a great source to critique about how we know what we know about the past. Specifically, the first sign of a lack of credibility comes from the narrator describing the Bermuda Triangle as the “Underwater Area 51.” Not only is it important that the film corroborates its evidence, but it is more important that you research multiple primary source documents before agreeing with these conclusions.

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Comment on Historical Thinking Questions by mrmorris


Keep in mind that while the ‘past’ is everything that has ever occurred up until this point, while ‘history,’ is a curated narrative that we tell about the past. Think of it like a personal collection, say a collection of stamps. The collector may have a certain type of stamp that they collect, and definitely not every stamp ever created.

With this in mind, we need both primary and secondary sources to make inferences about the past. Primary sources do no work as a de-facto expression of past events. Remember that we must analyze them and corroborate this evidence with other primary sources to gain a better glimpse of history.

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Comment on ZIP DOL #2 by mrmorris


What an excellent and clearly laid out resource! I learned some things from only being on this website for a couple of minutes. I am glad to see that the breadth of your research is expanding — just make sure to keep your question narrow enough that you don’t go off track, or to change your original question to allow yourself more breathing room in your work.

Wonderful research, I look forward to seeing what you have learned.

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Comment on Document of Learning #2 by mrmorris


An inspired demonstration of your learning, as well as an excellent and professionally conducted interview!
It is really amazing to see you reaching out to people online and in the writing community to ask for alternate opinions. The work you are currently doing is unique to you, and will be extremely valuable to your peers.

Keep up the thorough and detailed work — I am looking forward to see how your learning grows in the next several weeks!

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