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Best Practices

Not sure how to introduce your students to primary source material? Watch and learn from fourth-grade teacher Marti MacKenzie as she encourages her students to analyze John White's drawings of the Powhatan and helps them compare and contrast the drawings with later engravings based on White's work. FIND OUT MORE »

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Examples of Historical Thinking

Scholars, students, and teachers model historical thinking

Ad, May 19, 1967, Frito-Lay, Gallery of Graphic Design

Potato chip marketing—how a luxury item became an everyday U.S. food. [...] »

What is the key line in Franklin D. Roosevelt's second inaugural address? [...] »

Harriet Tubman (left) and her family

Can you trust a biography? Historian Tiya Miles analyzes an 1869 biography of [...] »

A letter from Jasper Barney, LOC

Historian Chandra Manning analyzes Civil War letters from black and white Union [...] »

Newspaper article published in the Patriot press in 1775

Smithsonian Barbara Clark Smith looks at what a colonial newspaper article says [...] »

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Teaching in Action

Teachers demonstrate promising teaching practices

Photo. Students celebrating. Capstone

Is a school an island? James Liou talks about working to integrate schools into [...] »

FDR during a 1933 Fireside Chat. LOC

High school teacher Joe Jelen combines roleplaying and critical analysis— [...] »

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Using Primary Sources

Strategies for analyzing primary sources

Lithograph, Washington Crossing the Delaware: on the Evening of Dec 25th. 1776,

Incorporate art into lesson plans with this resource from The Metropolitan [...] »

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

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 [...] »

Negative, "Sgt. John Clem, U.S.A.," 1855-1865, Library of Congress

Help students identify with the past via children who lived through the Civil [...] »

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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