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Best Practices

What exactly are elementary students capable of? Third grade teacher Eva La Mar challenged her students to become historians, writers, and videographers through the exploration of a local community site. By doing so, students learned necessary literacy skills and the importance of historic preservation. FIND OUT MORE »

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Examples of Historical Thinking

Scholars, students, and teachers model historical thinking

Photo, Is Anybody Home?, 2006, Pink Sherbet Photography, D Sharon Pruitt, Flickr

Excite students by introducing them to primary sources that answer questions [...] »

Queen (letter). NYPL

Jefferson, surprised by the Louisiana Purchase? Maybe not. Historian Leah [...] »

Photo, "Collecting books for readers. . . ," 1964, LSE Library, FLickr Commons

A student demonstrates thinking aloud reading two documents. [...] »

John Brown

Chandra Manning discusses the song “John Brown's Body,” and how [...] »

Ad, May 19, 1967, Frito-Lay, Gallery of Graphic Design

Potato chip marketing—how a luxury item became an everyday U.S. food. [...] »

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Teaching in Action

Teachers demonstrate promising teaching practices

Photo, Students analyzing the Declaration of Independence. CHNM

Trying to promote more productive and engaging discussions? [...] »

Posters from Bill Kendrat's classroom walls

Teacher Bill Kendrat demonstrates the techniques he uses to draw students in to [...] »

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Using Primary Sources

Strategies for analyzing primary sources

Photo, _DSC0004, December 5, 2009, Eric Gilliland, Flickr

When visiting historical sites, sometimes you need a visual/emotional "hook" to [...] »

Photo, Toy Cradleboard, Nez Perce National Historical Park, NEPE 1629

National Park Service lesson plans, teaching materials, and vibrant images [...] »

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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 [...] »

Marginalia, CHNM

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

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

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

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