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Best Practices

Oral histories and interviews are a unique form of historical documentation. This guide by Linda Shopes offers an overview of the various ways oral history can be integrated into classroom discussions. Though some of the techniques will have to be adapted for elementary students, the ideas Shopes presents are extremely useful. FIND OUT MORE »

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Examples of Historical Thinking

Scholars, students, and teachers model historical thinking

Portrait of John Frederick William Herschel (1792-1871), Flickr

This interactive tutorial models a four-step process for analyzing historical [...] »

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

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

Photo, . . .  a Cherokee Indian 'squaw' and her 'papoose, 1939, TN Archives

A Cherokee Nation Supreme Court document reveals the fluidity of racial [...] »

John Brown

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

In the struggle for women's suffrage, how did African American women represent [...] »

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Teaching in Action

Teachers demonstrate promising teaching practices

Photo, Students analyzing the Declaration of Independence. CHNM

Trying to promote more productive and engaging discussions? [...] »

Posters from Bill Kendrat's classroom walls

Teacher Bill Kendrat demonstrates the techniques he uses to draw students in to [...] »

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Using Primary Sources

Strategies for analyzing primary sources

Photography, Towards Whitelea Lane from Tansley Knoll Derbyshire, 11 Jun 2011, E

Discover historic landscapes with this guide to reading the land produced by [...] »

Vocal score, "Ziegfeld follies. Borrow from me," c. 1912

Don't overlook song as a way of understanding the past. [...] »

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Teaching with Textbooks

Techniques for promoting historical inquiry

Marginalia, CHNM

Show your students how to challenge the authority gap between the textbook and [...] »

Marginalia, CHNM

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

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. [...] »

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

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

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