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Jennifer Orr on Primary Sources in Primary Classrooms

Many primary sources are text-heavy. Jennifer Orr asks where do you find [...] »

Questioning History Using the Census

Historian Alex Stein poses questions about population shift in Detroit, and [...] »

Film Review: Ken Burns's Jazz

Documentaries can be critiqued on many levels, says Professor Frank Tirro. [...] »

Michael Yell on Critical Thinking and Teaching History

Don't think once. Think twice. Demand concise, thought-provoking work from [...] »

Diana Laufenberg on the Power of Visuals

Modern U.S. history instruction relies on reading and writing. Teacher Diana [...] »

Elizabeth Schaefer on Facebook in the Classroom

8th-grade teacher Elizabeth Schaefer tackles the challenge of using Facebook [...] »

Anthony Pellegrino on Teaching Segregated History

Anthony Pellegrino explores the history of one segregated school, and [...] »

Ron Gorr on Socratic Seminars with Primary Documents

Anchor Socratic seminars in primary sources and watch your students work [...] »

Michael Yell on a Strategy for the Use of Textbooks in the History Classroom

Students aren't always working with primary sources. Seventh-grade history [...] »

Joe Jelen's Ads as Primary Sources: The Ad Council's Historic Campaigns

Advertisements don't always use ideas to sell products—sometimes they use [...] »