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This is good observation. We think that HATs can be used both as assessments and learning activities. If used as an assessment, then we think students should have an opportunity to learn and practice the necessary skills before completing the HAT. But HATs can also be used as a part of a lesson plan. Teachers could, for example, model their own thinking about the questions to help students better understand what exemplary reasoning about historical evidence looks like. Teachers could also have students complete a HAT and then use the questions as a launching point for an activity or discussion around the evaluation of evidence.

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