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Teaching Materials

Ask a Master Teacher
Photo, Flowers for soldier in a tank, 1945, Nationaal Archief, Flickr Commons

Whichever lesson you pick, make sure it meets your learning goals.


Ask a Master Teacher
Decisions, January 23, 2010, katietower, Flickr

What is contingency? What does it have to do with K-12 historical thinking [...] »

History Content

Website Reviews
Document, Telegram to President Truman, June 16, 1945, Stalin

A collection of Soviet archival documents which take visitors inside the [...] »

Website Reviews
Photograph, Edgar Allan Poe, 1848, W.S. Hartshorn, Library of Congress.

Annotated materials about Poe published during his lifetime.


Best Practices

Teaching in Action

Did two bullets begin WWI? Explore causation in your classroom.


Examples of Historical Thinking

Diaries give a personal view of historical events. Historian Peter Hahn [...] »

History Quiz

When and where was this photo taken? See what clues you can spot!

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Digital Classroom

Chronozoom is a dynamic timeline tool that presents large scale timelines in a creative way.

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Thinking Like Historians

Interactive Historical Thinking Poster (Elementary)
Historical Thinking Poster Elementary
Find strategies, quizzes, and lessons for teaching historical thinking in your classroom. | [...] »
Interactive Historical Thinking Poster (Secondary)
Historical Thinking Poster Elementary
Find strategies, quizzes, and lessons for teaching historical thinking in your classroom. | [...] »
Civil War Interactive Poster
Historical Thinking Poster Elementary
Get students thinking like historians as they learn about the Civil War! | [...] »