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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

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

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

How does a political cartoon use popular beliefs about women to make its point [...] »

Portrait of Bill Tatnall playing the guitar during a 1935 recording expedition

Written primary sources only tell you so much. To learn about history that was [...] »

Photo, Col. T.M. Anderson and family. . . , 1897, Flickr Commons

With the advent of industry and western expansion, U.S. businesses mass [...] »

Harriet Tubman (left) and her family

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

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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? [...] »

Photo, Camp X-Ray, Craig P. Strawser, January 8, 2006, Navy.mil

An 8th-grade teacher gets to the big picture via a specific historical case. [...] »

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Using Primary Sources

Strategies for analyzing primary sources

Screencapture, New Bedford, National Park Service hompage

Looking for new ideas on how to teach with the historic places in your [...] »

Photo, me & Jackie's antique shopping field trip, tray, 2010, Flickr

Use this guide developed by PBS and the Antiques Roadshow to teach about [...] »

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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

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

Marginalia, CHNM

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

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

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

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 [...] »

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