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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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New Jersey's Quakers and the American Revolution

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Using Historical Ephemera in the Classroom

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Using Blogs in a History Classroom

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Structured Academic Controversy (SAC)

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Well-behaved Women [and Men] Seldom Make History

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Tramping Through History: Crafting Individual Field Trips

Go forth, and contextualize! Give students the opportunity for solo [...] »

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Digital image, black and white, Spy Shadow, 2010

Paring down a larger idea to answer one specific question.


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