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Best Practices

Maps are excellent primary and secondary sources that provide us with a rich variety of information. Ensure you students have the skills to properly read and interpret maps by introducing them to the basic concepts discussed on this website early and often. FIND OUT MORE »

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Examples of Historical Thinking

Scholars, students, and teachers model historical thinking

Photo, [Old hermit Roy Ozmer. . . ], 1957, Flickr Commons

Watch this flash movie for a peek at how historians read and question sources. [...] »

John Brown

Chandra Manning discusses the song “John Brown's Body,” and how [...] »

Maine Results. Herblock cartoon, 1932

Donald A. Ritchie, Historian of the U.S. Senate, asks how a political cartoon [...] »

What do these letters from a women's rights activist reveal about social causes [...] »

Queen (letter). NYPL

Jefferson, surprised by the Louisiana Purchase? Maybe not. Historian Leah [...] »

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Teaching in Action

Teachers demonstrate promising teaching practices

Detail. 1612 Map. John Smith

A 4th-grade teacher shows strategies for encouraging and supporting student [...] »

Photo, Students on Stage at Holton Arms Schoo c. 1920-1950, Library of Congress

A 5th-grade teacher teaches historical context through roleplaying activities. [...] »

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Using Primary Sources

Strategies for analyzing primary sources

Photo, V-mail, February 1943, U.S. Office of War Information, LoC

Source and approach letters and diaries with historical thinking. [...] »

Ad, 1954, Linit Perfect Laundry Starch, Ad*Access

Advertisements have surrounded us for years. How can you interpret them? Where [...] »

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Teaching with Textbooks

Techniques for promoting historical inquiry

Marginalia, CHNM

Turn your textbook into a conversation by scanning its language for biases. [...] »

Photography, Cooking with Kids class, 25 Jan 2008, Penn State, Flickr CC

Turn your students into 'master chefs' by using learning menus that allow [...] »

Negative, "Schoolroom. Concho, Arizona," Russell Lee, Oct. 1940, LoC

Make the most of your textbook—engage students in close reading and [...] »

Poster, Williams, Brown & Earle, Inc., Grown Ups Enjoy Reading, Also., NYPL

Class discussion and personal inquiry builds an interactive relationship [...] »

Marginalia, CHNM

The language of history textbooks challenges English language learners and [...] »

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