Historical Inquiry In History Presentation, Lesson Plan & Worksheet Resource

Historical Inquiry materials. Teach your student(s) how to understand the process of historical inquiry, and formulate key historical inquiry questions. Suitable for any budding historian. Download today and use in the classroom or homeschool environment.

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Historical Inquiry

This resource covers the concept of HISTORICAL INQUIRY as used in several topics, including:

  • People’s Health in Industrial Britain, c.1750-1900
  • Crime and Punishment in Industrial Britain, c.1750-1900
  • London and the Second World War, 1939-1945
  • Origins of the First World War
  • William the Conqueror
  • The First Crusade


Historical inquiry is a process of questioning, organising, analysing and explaining events that happened in the past. It is a cyclical process which utilises key inquiry questions. Questions focus on historical sources or evidences.

Historical concepts include continuity and change, significance, cause and effect and perspectives. Historical skills include comprehension, understanding of chronology, analysis and use of sources and research.


At the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Understand the process of historical inquiry;
  • Formulate key historical inquiry questions; and
  • Evaluate sources and make conclusions


  • Diagram showing the elements and process of historical inquiry.
  • Tips for making and examples of historical inquiry questions.
  • Examples of historical inquiry.
  • Practice assessment

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