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Best Practices

In these clips from Kimberly Heckart's 3rd grade class, we see students learn about child labor during the Industrial Revolution. In carefully sequenced activities, students analyze photos taken by Lewis Hine, consult secondary sources, and generate connections. FIND OUT MORE »

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Examples of Historical Thinking

Scholars, students, and teachers model historical thinking

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

Maine Results. Herblock cartoon, 1932

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

Ulysses S. Grant Memorial. NHEC

How does the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Washington, DC, depict Grant and the [...] »

Photo, Bayard Rustin, 1964, Library of Congress

If students lack historical context, they can miss the substance of a reading. [...] »

The Declaration of Independence. NARA

Historian Rosemarie Zagarri reads the Declaration of Independence closely, [...] »

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Teaching in Action

Teachers demonstrate promising teaching practices

Lithograph, "The people of these United States. . . ," 1864, Kellogg, LoC

This 8th-grade teacher shows how you can make primary and secondary source [...] »

Detail. 1612 Map. John Smith

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

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Using Primary Sources

Strategies for analyzing primary sources

graphic, detective, 13 Nov 2008, Flickr CC

Learn how to teach your students historical thinking with this informative [...] »

Photography, Two Lassies, 1955, Walter Albertin, LOC

Check out these sites for excellent primary source material. [...] »

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Teaching with Textbooks

Techniques for promoting historical inquiry

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

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

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 [...] »

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

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

Print, "Bombardment of Vera Cruz," 1893-1896, J. Andre Castaigne, NYPL

Allow students to see that history as we know it is interpretation, perspective [...] »

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