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Best Practices

What exactly are elementary students capable of? Third grade teacher Eva La Mar challenged her students to become historians, writers, and videographers through the exploration of a local community site. By doing so, students learned necessary literacy skills and the importance of historic preservation. FIND OUT MORE »

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Examples of Historical Thinking

Scholars, students, and teachers model historical thinking

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

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

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

Photo, 1932, U.S. Senate Historical Office

What can a photograph of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932 reveal? Donald A. [...] »

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

Queen (letter). NYPL

Jefferson, surprised by the Louisiana Purchase? Maybe not. Historian Leah [...] »

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Teaching in Action

Teachers demonstrate promising teaching practices

Washington Crossing the Delaware. LOC

Elementary teacher Karen Eanes hooks her students with engaging historical [...] »

Photo, Vietnam, 1968

High school students use primary sources to question their textbook's narrative [...] »

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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, Montana receives honorary degree from American University, 7 June 1

This source from Cornell University's Olin and Uris Libraries includes [...] »

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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 [...] »

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

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

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. [...] »

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