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Best Practices

Maps can be crucial to understanding historical culture. Watch 4th grade teacher Stacy Hoeflich assist her students with the analysis of John Smith's 1612 map of Virginia and discover how maps can effectively be used as keys to decoding mysteries about the past. FIND OUT MORE »

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Examples of Historical Thinking

Scholars, students, and teachers model historical thinking

Stephen Decatur and his men retaking the USS Philadelphia

Two letters from 1800 Tripoli lead into a story of piracy, privateering, [...] »

Photo, [Old hermit Roy Ozmer. . . ], 1957, Flickr Commons

Watch this flash movie for a peek at how historians read and question sources. [...] »

Newspaper article published in the Patriot press in 1775

Smithsonian Barbara Clark Smith looks at what a colonial newspaper article says [...] »

How did the women's suffrage movement use the rise of journalism to its [...] »

John Brown

Chandra Manning discusses the song “John Brown's Body,” and how [...] »

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Teaching in Action

Teachers demonstrate promising teaching practices

Photo, William Reed filming "The Romance of Runnibede", Sydney, 1927. Flickr

Watch this 9th-grade teacher lead his class in planning, writing, and [...] »

Students filming documentaries as part of a JTHG project. Teachinghistory.org

Sixth graders in Prince William County film their interpretations of the First [...] »

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Using Primary Sources

Strategies for analyzing primary sources

Photo. Spanish-American War Soldiers. Flickr

Every town has a scattering of historical markers and statues. Discover what [...] »

Screencap, Native American mask detail, 18 Jul 2012, American's History in the M

In this series of exercises, students are presented with Native American masks [...] »

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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 [...] »

Marginalia, CHNM

The language of history textbooks challenges English language learners and [...] »

Marginalia, CHNM

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

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

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

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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