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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

Photo, Geologist examining cuttings from wildcat well, Amarillo, Texas (LOC)

See sourcing in action, as a historian reads a document about the Scopes Trial. [...] »

Photo, Is Anybody Home?, 2006, Pink Sherbet Photography, D Sharon Pruitt, Flickr

Excite students by introducing them to primary sources that answer questions [...] »

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

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

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

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

Untitled daguerreotype of Niagara Falls taken in 1853 by Platt Babbitt

What does an 1853 daguerreotype have to say? Plenty, says Frank Goodyear, [...] »

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Teaching in Action

Teachers demonstrate promising teaching practices

Oil on canvas, ". . . Emancipation Proclamation. . . ," 1864, Bicknell, Senate

An 8th-grade class analyzes letters about the Emancipation Proclamation. [...] »

Detail. 1612 Map. John Smith

A 4th-grade teacher shows strategies for encouraging and supporting student [...] »

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Using Primary Sources

Strategies for analyzing primary sources

"Rambles. . . ," American Publishing Company, 1886, David Rumsey Map Coll.

What questions should you ask when viewing maps as historical evidence? [...] »

Photo, Thinking of You, 12 July 2008, Fabiana Zonca, Flickr

Improve your historical analysis skills by learning about different types of [...] »

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Teaching with Textbooks

Techniques for promoting historical inquiry

Marginalia, CHNM

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

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

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

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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