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Best Practices

Not sure how to introduce your students to primary source material? Watch and learn from fourth-grade teacher Marti MacKenzie as she encourages her students to analyze John White's drawings of the Powhatan and helps them compare and contrast the drawings with later engravings based on White's work. FIND OUT MORE »

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Examples of Historical Thinking

Scholars, students, and teachers model historical thinking

Who was Jane Addams, and how is her article "Why Women Should Vote" still [...] »

Notices for Japanese-Americans to report to camps. LOC

How did the World War II internment of Japanese Americans happen? Historian [...] »

Video screencap, 31 July 2012

How do the speeches of Sojourner Truth and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper differ [...] »

Portrait of John Frederick William Herschel (1792-1871), Flickr

This interactive tutorial models a four-step process for analyzing historical [...] »

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

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Teaching in Action

Teachers demonstrate promising teaching practices

Photo. Students celebrating. Capstone

Is a school an island? James Liou talks about working to integrate schools into [...] »

Photo, An impatient domino. Flickr

The fictional Alphonse the Camel provides insight for one classroom. [...] »

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Using Primary Sources

Strategies for analyzing primary sources

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 [...] »

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 [...] »

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

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

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

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

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