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In this Lesson Plan Review, students analyze primary and secondary sources describing an encounter between the Lewis and Clark expedition and a Native American tribe. The lesson overall is a great way to encourage students to work collaboratively to analyze this important historical interaction from multiple perspectives. FIND OUT MORE »

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Photography, Travel Trunks, 6 Sept 2009, Gary Shewan, Flickr CC

Teach students how to use physical evidence to interpret history with this [...] »

Print, First sight of New York Bay, 1877, James Wells Champney, NYPL Digital Gal

Use this essay on Jewish immigration to flesh out a unit on the Civil War or [...] »

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Photography, Class Discussion, 8 March 2007, Easten Law, Flickr CC

English Language Learners often have difficulty contributing to class [...] »

illustration, Student Political Cartoon Example

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Lithograph, A so called president in petticoats, 1865, Library of Congress

Political cartoons are often conceptually complex, but offer valuable insights [...] »

Photography, What Is Photography, 2 Nov 2009, Flickr CC

In order to understand topics, you must first understand concepts. Learn all [...] »

Chicago Daily News negatives collection, DN-0086141. Chicago History Mus.

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Illustration, From Princess Badoura, 1913, Edmund Dulac, nocloo.com

Help your elementary school students get more out of historical biographies. [...] »

Photo, The Worlds Greatest Detective, August 19, 2007, practicalowl, Flickr

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Photographic print, Johnie William Bumgarden and his family, May 1912, Lewis Wic

Students get more out of historical photographs when they take the time to explore who took them, where, and why. [...] »

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