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Best Practices

Maps can be crucial to understanding historical culture. Watch 4th grade teacher Stacy Hoeflich assist her students with the analysis of John Smith's 1612 map of Virginia and discover how maps can effectively be used as keys to decoding mysteries about the past. FIND OUT MORE »

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Examples of Historical Thinking

Scholars, students, and teachers model historical thinking

Ulysses S. Grant Memorial. NHEC

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

Teachers discussing Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Address at a workshop

Teaching the Reconstruction? Ford's Theatre's Sarah Jencks leads teachers [...] »

Maine Results. Herblock cartoon, 1932

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

1804 inventory listing possessions of Thomas Springer of Delaware

What can an inventory tell you about daily life in Delaware in 1804? Curator [...] »

There is a flock of yellows birds above her head, HarpWeekly

Absolving the guilty and punishing the innocent. Historian Elizabeth Reis looks [...] »

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Teaching in Action

Teachers demonstrate promising teaching practices

Photo, Dressmaking class, Manzanar. . . , Ansel Adams, 1943, LoC

Two practices help students to make sense of primary source documents on the [...] »

Photo, Negro going in colored entrance of movie house, 1939

Watch 4th-graders analyze cartoons about Virginia and Brown v. Board of [...] »

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Using Primary Sources

Strategies for analyzing primary sources

"Rambles. . . ," American Publishing Company, 1886, David Rumsey Map Coll.

What questions should you ask when viewing maps as historical evidence? [...] »

Photo, Final Day, April 11, 2005, *styler, Flickr

National History Day identifies secondary sources along with suggestions for [...] »

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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 [...] »

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 [...] »

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

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

Marginalia, CHNM

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

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