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Best Practices

What exactly are elementary students capable of? Third grade teacher Eva La Mar challenged her students to become historians, writers, and videographers through the exploration of a local community site. By doing so, students learned necessary literacy skills and the importance of historic preservation. FIND OUT MORE »

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Examples of Historical Thinking

Scholars, students, and teachers model historical thinking

Photo, Baseball game, Manzanar Relocation Center, Calif., 1945, Ansel Adams, LoC

If the U.S. interned you and your family, how would you respond? [...] »

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 [...] »

Watch Smithsonian curator Barbara Clark Smith discuss John Smith’s Map of [...] »

1804 inventory listing possessions of Thomas Springer of Delaware

What can an inventory tell you about daily life in Delaware in 1804? Curator [...] »

WWII Memorial. Teachinghistory.org

What meanings does the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, have? [...] »

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Teaching in Action

Teachers demonstrate promising teaching practices

Photo, Students on Stage at Holton Arms Schoo c. 1920-1950, Library of Congress

A 5th-grade teacher teaches historical context through roleplaying activities. [...] »

Washington Crossing the Delaware. LOC

Elementary teacher Karen Eanes hooks her students with engaging historical [...] »

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Using Primary Sources

Strategies for analyzing primary sources

Watercolor, "Ou présente à signer. . . ," Claude Louis Desrais, 1783?, LoC

The National History Day’s guidelines for defining and locating primary sources. [...] »

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

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

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Teaching with Textbooks

Techniques for promoting historical inquiry

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

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

Marginalia, CHNM

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

Marginalia, CHNM

Turn your textbook into a conversation by scanning its language for biases. [...] »

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

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

Photography, Cooking with Kids class, 25 Jan 2008, Penn State, Flickr CC

Turn your students into 'master chefs' by using learning menus that allow [...] »

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