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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

Letters from U.S. soldiers during the Philippine-American War reveal [...] »

Photo, Frederick Douglass, New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Use autobiographies to deconstruct views of slavery and historical heroes. [...] »

Milk Tickets for Babies, in Place of Milk, created by Thomas Nast in 1876

Today, we accept paper—and electronic—money as a fact of life. [...] »

Receipt, for a slave named Bett from Francis Moore, June 2, 1764, NYPL

What do slave receipts reveal? Ever considered using similar documents to teach? [...] »

Stephen Decatur and his men retaking the USS Philadelphia

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

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Teaching in Action

Teachers demonstrate promising teaching practices

Photo, Camp X-Ray, Craig P. Strawser, January 8, 2006, Navy.mil

An 8th-grade teacher gets to the big picture via a specific historical case. [...] »

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

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

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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 [...] »

Photo, We <3 Students Who <3 Reading, Mar. 9, 2010, Enokson, Flickr

Use the Stanford History Education Group's curriculum to teach historical [...] »

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Teaching with Textbooks

Techniques for promoting historical inquiry

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 [...] »

Marginalia, CHNM

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

Marginalia, CHNM

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

Marginalia, CHNM

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

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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