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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.

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Lesson Plan Reviews

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Evaluating the Validity of Information

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English Language Learners

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Talking History

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Teaching Guides

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Concept Formation

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The Research Paper: Developing Historical Questions

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Sifting for Sources
Photography, Fun to Learn, 5 March 2009, Carol VanHook, Flickr CC

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