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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

The Declaration of Independence. NARA

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

FDR during a 1934 Fireside Chat. LOC

Historian Allida Black analyzes FDR's April 28, 1935 Fireside Chat. What ideas [...] »

Congress discussing the Bill of Rights

Whitman Ridgway outlines some of the context in which the Bill of Rights was [...] »

Maine Results. Herblock cartoon, 1932

Donald A. Ritchie, Historian of the U.S. Senate, asks how a political cartoon [...] »

Newspaper article published in the Patriot press in 1775

Smithsonian Barbara Clark Smith looks at what a colonial newspaper article says [...] »

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Teaching in Action

Teachers demonstrate promising teaching practices

Washington Crossing the Delaware. LOC

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

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

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

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

Photo, "Street Arabs in Sleeping...," Jacob A. Riis, c. 1880s, History Matters.

Textbook illustrations are often overlooked as historical evidence. [...] »

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Teaching with Textbooks

Techniques for promoting historical inquiry

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 [...] »

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

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

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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