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Best Practices

In this series of videos, historian David Jaffee examines life in 19th century America from a unique perspective. Watch as he analyzes three ordinary objects and reveals their significance as symbols of economic, cultural, and social change. FIND OUT MORE »

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Examples of Historical Thinking

Scholars, students, and teachers model historical thinking

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

Ulysses S. Grant Memorial. NHEC

How does the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Washington, DC, depict Grant and the [...] »

1804 inventory listing possessions of Thomas Springer of Delaware

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

The Declaration of Independence. NARA

Historian Rosemarie Zagarri reads the Declaration of Independence closely, [...] »

In the struggle for women's suffrage, how did African American women represent [...] »

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Teaching in Action

Teachers demonstrate promising teaching practices

Photo, Dressmaking class, Manzanar. . . , Ansel Adams, 1943, LoC

Two practices help students to make sense of primary source documents on the [...] »

Lithograph, "Parole: Frieden! (Password: Peace!)," 1918, Library of Congress

Did two bullets begin WWI? Explore causation in your classroom. [...] »

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Using Primary Sources

Strategies for analyzing primary sources

Negative, "Letters. Posting of letters III," c.1920-1950, Theodor Horydczak, LoC

Watch a scholar interpret letters from labor activist and reformer Sarah Bagley. [...] »

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

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

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Teaching with Textbooks

Techniques for promoting historical inquiry

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

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

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 [...] »

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

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

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