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Building Background Knowledge for English Language Learners

Mar 3 2012
How can we help our 5th-grade ELL students build background and make connections with our social studies curriculum? [...] »

World War and Literature

Mar 3 2012
Can you suggest any literature covering World War I to World War II that my 10th-grade world history class can read? [...] »

Historic Stories, Fictional Accounts: Achieving Multiperspectivity

Dec 12 2011
Nonfiction texts are great sources for learning about historical events and figures. However, do fictional accounts also have a place in the history classroom? [...] »

Stop and Source!

Nov 11 2011
Students get more out of historical photographs when they take the time to explore who took them, where, and why. [...] »

APPARTS Strategy: Origins and Implementation

Jun 6 2011
Engrain the APPARTS strategy into young students, and they'll be well on their way to AP-level performance. [...] »

Deciphering Primary Source Documents

Sep 9 2010
Create scaffolding and careful preparation of documents to promote student understanding of primary sources. [...] »

Performance Assessments Requiring Historical Analysis

Oct 10 2009
When you want your students to think, rather than just remember. [...] »

Realizing the Value of Primary Sources

Oct 10 2009
When you just can't get your students to care what the Founders, or anyone else, wrote. [...] »

Online U.S. History Textbooks

Jun 6 2009
Where to begin your search to find reliable online history textbooks. [...] »

Teaching the Declaration without Overwhelming Students

Mar 3 2009
Is the Declaration of Independence challenging for your students? Check out these ideas to make this text more accessible. [...] »