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Best Practices

Not sure how to introduce your students to primary source material? Watch and learn from fourth-grade teacher Marti MacKenzie as she encourages her students to analyze John White's drawings of the Powhatan and helps them compare and contrast the drawings with later engravings based on White's work. FIND OUT MORE »

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Examples of Historical Thinking

Scholars, students, and teachers model historical thinking

Bartleby, The Scrivener in Putnam's Monthly in November and December 1853

Is reading a piece of historic literature once enough? Not if you want to get [...] »

Photo, Bayard Rustin, 1964, Library of Congress

If students lack historical context, they can miss the substance of a reading. [...] »

Congress discussing the Bill of Rights

Whitman Ridgway outlines some of the context in which the Bill of Rights was [...] »

Photo, 1932, U.S. Senate Historical Office

What can a photograph of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932 reveal? Donald A. [...] »

Photo, "Collecting books for readers. . . ," 1964, LSE Library, FLickr Commons

A student demonstrates thinking aloud reading two documents. [...] »

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Teaching in Action

Teachers demonstrate promising teaching practices

Photo, Students analyzing the Declaration of Independence. CHNM

Trying to promote more productive and engaging discussions? [...] »

Photo, Vietnam, 1968

High school students use primary sources to question their textbook's narrative [...] »

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Using Primary Sources

Strategies for analyzing primary sources

Photo, Toy Cradleboard, Nez Perce National Historical Park, NEPE 1629

National Park Service lesson plans, teaching materials, and vibrant images [...] »

Photography, Towards Whitelea Lane from Tansley Knoll Derbyshire, 11 Jun 2011, E

Discover historic landscapes with this guide to reading the land produced by [...] »

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Teaching with Textbooks

Techniques for promoting historical inquiry

Negative, "Schoolroom. Concho, Arizona," Russell Lee, Oct. 1940, LoC

Make the most of your textbook—engage students in close reading and [...] »

Poster, Williams, Brown & Earle, Inc., Grown Ups Enjoy Reading, Also., NYPL

Class discussion and personal inquiry builds an interactive relationship [...] »

Print, "Bombardment of Vera Cruz," 1893-1896, J. Andre Castaigne, NYPL

Allow students to see that history as we know it is interpretation, perspective [...] »

Marginalia, CHNM

Show your students how to challenge the authority gap between the textbook and [...] »

Negative, "Sgt. John Clem, U.S.A.," 1855-1865, Library of Congress

Help students identify with the past via children who lived through the Civil [...] »

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