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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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The Multiple Dilemmas of Abraham Lincoln

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English Language Learners

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Uncovering Human Agency
Photography, My Desk, 15 March 2006, Flickr CC

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Teaching Guides

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Teaching with Timelines
Image, Squared Circles-Clocks, 25 Oct 2006, Leo Reynolds, Flickr CC

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Making the Most of Maps
Offset lithograph, Map Reading Class, c. 1904-1927, NYPL Digital Gallery

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