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In these clips from Kimberly Heckart's 3rd grade class, we see students learn about child labor during the Industrial Revolution. In carefully sequenced activities, students analyze photos taken by Lewis Hine, consult secondary sources, and generate connections. FIND OUT MORE »

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Examples of Historical Thinking

Scholars, students, and teachers model historical thinking

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Teaching in Action

Teachers demonstrate promising teaching practices

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Using Primary Sources

Strategies for analyzing primary sources

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Virginia Tech’s short video shows how to analyze primary sources and put them [...] »

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Teaching with Textbooks

Techniques for promoting historical inquiry

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

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

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

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

Marginalia, CHNM

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